La Scala

La Fanciulla del West

In Cinemas 17, 18, 19 & 22 Jun 2016
Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala
Barbara Haveman, Claudio Sgura, Robert Aronica
Giacomo Puccini
Robert Carsen
Set Design
Robert Carsen and Luis Carvalho
3h25 incl. 2 intervals
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Teatro alla Scala, Milan 10 May 2016
4 stars. Glorious. Chailly unravels the music deftly, and our rabble of gold miners crackle and pop under his tireless workmanship. Nowhere has the depiction of whisky tinkling in the glass or the clip-clopping of horse hooves gleamed with such clarity.

New Production! Set in 1850, The Girl of the Golden West was opera’s first “spaghetti western”. Bursting with life, Puccini’s sumptuous music transports us right to the Polka saloon where passions, as well as humanity and brotherhood, triumph. Minnie (Barbara Haveman) is the bar’s manageress, Dick Johnson ( Robert Aronica) is the stranger she falls for. Robert Carsen’s new production promises to be one of this season’s real jewels.

Please note programme change: due to illness, Dutch soprano Barbara Haveman replaces the originally billed Eva-Maria Westbrook as ‘Minnie’ in the La Scala cinema production of La Fanciulla del West.

La Scala

Milan's famous Teatro alla Scala was inaugurated on 3 August 1778. Apart from its sheer beauty and size, La Scala's acoustics are said to be perfect. One of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world, the venue is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra, as well as the La Scala Theatre Academy.

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