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La fanciulla del West triumphs at the Vienna Staatsoper

La fanciulla del West triumphs at the Vienna Staatsoper

La fanciulla del West triumphs at the Vienna Staatsoper with Kaufmann and Stemme

Puccini’s La fan­ci­ul­la del West, in its new pro­duc­tion by Mar­co Arturo Marel­li, fea­tures excel­lent singing from top to bot­tom, tight orches­tral play­ing, beau­ti­ful light­ing, and a deci­sive lack of cow­boys, saloons and oth­er “Wild West” clichés. Set in a mod­ern-day min­ing vil­lage in the mid­dle of some­where vast and gor­geous, the pro­duc­tion focus­es on the social inter­play and strug­gles of the min­ers. Not to wor­ry, though – for those who wor­ry about an over­abun­dance of verisimil­i­tude, our lovers do get car­ried away in the end by a larg­er-than-life hot-air bal­loon.
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