Opera in three acts (1910)

Composer Giacomo Puccini · Libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini based on the play „The Girl of the Golden West“ by David Belasco
In Italian with German and English surtitles | New Production

Saturday, 30. March 2019
07:00 pm

Introductory Event: 06:00 PM · Young Audience

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Premiere at 16. March 2019

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Musikalische Leitung
James Gaffigan
Andreas Dresen
Mathias Fischer-Dieskau
Sabine Greunig
Michael Bauer
Stellario Fagone
Rainer Karlitschek

Anja Kampe
Jack Rance
John Lundgren
Dick Johnson
Brandon Jovanovich
Kevin Conners
Tim Kuypers
Manuel Günther
Justin Austin
Galeano Salas
Freddie De Tommaso
Christian Rieger
Norman Garrett
Billy Jackrabbit
Oleg Davydov
Noa Beinart
Jake Wallace
Sean Michael Plumb
José Castro
Oğulcan Yilmaz
Ein Postillon
Ulrich Reß
Bálint Szabó
Alexander Milev
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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Gold rush, poker and gunfights at the foot of the Sierra Nevada: Puccini's naturalistic opera based on the drama, The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco, has everything that makes the classic American western so irresistible. It is therefore also a great love story: Minnie, the landlady of the gold digger's saloon, the "Polka", has given her best years to the rough fortune seekers of the Sierra Nevada as barmaid, teacher, figure of authority and beloved. Now she herself seeks happiness and finds it in the person of Dick Johnson, a newcomer to the gold digger camp. The dark secret he hides is a problem, which only first becomes toxic through another conflict. Jack Rance, who has long announced his interest in Minnie, is also the local sheriff. Andreas Dresen, who with The Girl of the Golden West presents his second work as a director at the Bayerische Staatsoper following  Arabella (2015), focuses justifiably on the "hardness" of the material – and on the almost Utopian promise of love in the middle of an inhospitable world.


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James Gaffigan, geboren in New York, studierte am New England Conservatory of Music in Boston sowie an der Shepherd School of Music der Universität von Houston und war Stipendiat für Dirigieren beim Tanglewood Music Center. 

Von 2003 bis 2006 war er musikalischer Assistent von Franz Welser-Möst beim Cleveland Orchestra. 2004 gewann er den Internationalen Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti, sein Operndebüt gab er 2005 mit La bohème am Opernhaus Zürich. Von 2009 bis 2012 war er fester Gastdirigent beim San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. 2010 wurde er Chefdirigent des Luzerner Sinfonieorchesters. Zudem ist er Erster Gastdirigent der Niederländischen Radio-Philharmonie und des Kölner Gürzenich-Orchesters. Weitere Engagements führten ihn u.a. zu den Münchner Philharmonikern, zum London Philharmonic Orchestra, zur Dresdner Philharmonie sowie zum Orchestre de Paris. Mit Don Giovanni gibt er 2015/16 sein Debüt an der Bayerischen Staatsoper.

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