La fanciulla del West

Budapest, Hungarian State Opera
Budapest, Hungary
Erkel Theatre
Sun 17 November 19:00
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Synopsis
After watching David Belasco's play The Girl of the Golden West on his 1907 visit to New York, Puccini resolved to set this somewhat unusual love story of the Wild West to music on the opera stage. The dramatic material proved to be a good choice, with an effectively moving plot that takes viewers to the denouement with a sure hand. The character of Minnie is also a highly suitable addition to Puccini's ranks of heroines: driven by love and passion, she thus has no fear of risking even her own life.
The piece is staged at the Erkel Theatre in a production directed by Vasily Barkhatov, who is regularly engaged to work all over Russia and Europe.
THE CRITICS RESPOND:
“I’ve always felt that what kills this work is having paunchy Caruso-type Western characters with big moustaches and revolvers at their sides being forced to sing, ‘Hello, hello, buona sera, ragazzi.’ (…) This time, however, there is no need to believe this. And what remains is the regular opera set-up: the soprano and tenor are in love with each other, but then along comes the baritone.” (Miklós Fáy, Élet és Irodalom)
Credits
General cast
Conductor
Balázs Kocsár
Minnie
Éva Bátori
Jack Rance, sheriff
Alexandru Agache
Dick Johnson (Ramerrez), a bandit
Gergely Boncsér
Nick, bartender
Péter Balczó
Ashby, a Wells Fargo agent
Marcell Bakonyi
Sonora, a miner
Antal Cseh
Trin, a miner
Gergely Ujvári
Sid, a miner
Lajos Geiger
Bello, a miner
Attila Erdős
Harry, a miner
Tivadar Kiss
Joe, a miner
Ferenc Kristofori
Happy, a miner
Róbert Rezsnyák
Jim Larkens, a miner
Géza Gábor
Billy Jackrabbit, a Red Indian
András Kőrösi
Wowkle, his wife
Kornélia Bakos
Jake Wallace, a traveling camp minstrel
András Káldi Kiss
José Castro, a mestizo
Köpeczi Sándor
Credits
Libretto based on David Belasco's The Girl of the Golden West by
Guelfo Civinini, Carlo Zangarini
Director
Vasily Barkhatov
Set designer
Zinovy Margolin
Costume designer
Olga Shaishmelashvili
Lighting designer
Alexander Sivaev
Dramaturg
Eszter Orbán
English surtitles
Arthur Roger Crane
Hungarian surtitles
Eszter Orbán
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki

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  • Synopsis

    After watching David Belasco's play The Girl of the Golden West on his 1907 visit to New York, Puccini resolved to set this somewhat unusual love story of the Wild West to music on the opera stage. The dramatic material proved to be a good choice, with an effectively moving plot that takes viewers to the denouement with a sure hand. The character of Minnie is also a highly suitable addition to Puccini's ranks of heroines: driven by love and passion, she thus has no fear of risking even her own life.
    The piece is staged at the Erkel Theatre in a production directed by Vasily Barkhatov, who is regularly engaged to work all over Russia and Europe.
    THE CRITICS RESPOND:
    “I’ve always felt that what kills this work is having paunchy Caruso-type Western characters with big moustaches and revolvers at their sides being forced to sing, ‘Hello, hello, buona sera, ragazzi.’ (…) This time, however, there is no need to believe this. And what remains is the regular opera set-up: the soprano and tenor are in love with each other, but then along comes the baritone.” (Miklós Fáy, Élet és Irodalom)

  • Credits

    General cast

    Conductor
    Balázs Kocsár
    Minnie
    Éva Bátori
    Jack Rance, sheriff
    Alexandru Agache
    Dick Johnson (Ramerrez), a bandit
    Gergely Boncsér
    Nick, bartender
    Péter Balczó
    Ashby, a Wells Fargo agent
    Marcell Bakonyi
    Sonora, a miner
    Antal Cseh
    Trin, a miner
    Gergely Ujvári
    Sid, a miner
    Lajos Geiger
    Bello, a miner
    Attila Erdős
    Harry, a miner
    Tivadar Kiss
    Joe, a miner
    Ferenc Kristofori
    Happy, a miner
    Róbert Rezsnyák
    Jim Larkens, a miner
    Géza Gábor
    Billy Jackrabbit, a Red Indian
    András Kőrösi
    Wowkle, his wife
    Kornélia Bakos
    Jake Wallace, a traveling camp minstrel
    András Káldi Kiss
    José Castro, a mestizo
    Köpeczi Sándor

    Credits

    Libretto based on David Belasco's The Girl of the Golden West by
    Guelfo Civinini, Carlo Zangarini
    Director
    Vasily Barkhatov
    Set designer
    Zinovy Margolin
    Costume designer
    Olga Shaishmelashvili
    Lighting designer
    Alexander Sivaev
    Dramaturg
    Eszter Orbán
    English surtitles
    Arthur Roger Crane
    Hungarian surtitles
    Eszter Orbán
    Chorus director
    Gábor Csiki

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