Opera North / The Girl of the Golden West
@ Theatre Royal NewcastleBook Now
26 March 2021
THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST – Giacomo Puccini
A gun-toting tale of true love and second chances
Set against the backdrop of the tough life of a gold-mining community on the American frontier during the California Gold Rush, this opera has been called the original Spaghetti Western. It boasts what is perhaps Puccini’s most innovative score, and surely his richest orchestrally.
His peerless melodic gift and capacity for creating local colour is a perfect match for this tale of a love triangle involving Dick Johnson, aka the bandit Ramerrez, Sheriff Jack Rance and Minnie, the Girl of the Golden West (‘La fanciulla del West’) who runs the Polka saloon. Antony Hermus, who conducted electrifying performances of Tosca in 2018, conducts Aletta Collins’ widely admired production.
Sung in Italian with English titles
100 Grey Street
Newcastle upon Tyne