The Girl of the Golden West: Your reaction





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Published on Jan 22, 2014

The opening night audience share their thoughts on Opera North's new production of Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West.

It's the Gold Rush of 1849 and plucky, gun-toting, saloon owner Minnie plays surrogate mother to the rough crew of miners who frequent her bar, whilst batting back the affections of the local Sheriff. But when a mysterious stranger comes into her life, everything looks set to change... A tale of true love and second chances set in a world of gun fights, poker games and stagecoach robberies, La fanciulla del West combines the suspense and action of a great Western with the emotional punch of Italian opera.

Deemed by Puccini as one of his greatest works, Fanciulla was originally written for three of the most esteemed opera singers of all time including Emmy Destinn and Enrico Caruso. With Alwyn Mellor, whose breathtaking performance as Sieglinde in our Walküre enthused audiences and critics, Robert Hayward and Rafael Rojas taking on the lead roles, this blazing new production of the original Spaghetti Western is sure to strike gold.

Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 mins
Sung in Italian with English titles
This production is supported by the Friends of Opera North

Minnie - Alwyn Mellor
Jack Rance - Robert Hayward
Dick Johnson (Ramerrez) - Rafael Rojas
Nick - Bonaventura Bottone
Ashby - Graeme Danby
Sonora - Eddie Wade
Trin - Adrian Dwyer
Jake Wallace - Gavan Ring
José Castro - Dean Robinson
Sid - Jeremy Peaker
Handsome - Peter Bodenham
Harry - Paul Rendall
Joe - Graham Russell
Happy - Paul Gibson
Jim Larkens - Nicholas Butterfield
Billy Jackrabbit - Callum Thorpe
Wowkle - Kathryn Walker
The Pony Express rider - Nicholas Watts

Creative Team
Conductor - Richard Farnes
Director - Aletta Collins
Set Designer - Giles Cadle
Costume Designer - Gabrielle Dalton
Lighting Designer - Andreas Fuchs
Video Designer - Andrzej Goulding


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