Category Archives: Puccini

La Fanciulla Del West in Santa Fe

Tweet Puccini never wrote anything like the first act of La  Fanciulla Del West. Its melodic weave which moves from orchestra to voice and back again owes a lot to Debussy, though its author is clearly Puccini. To an audience familiar with his previous four operas, this type of operatic writing was off putting and confusing…


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Madama Butterfly in HD 2016

Tweet Kristine Opolais triumphed in today’s telecast of Madama Butterfly from the stage of the Met. Her reading of the role is matched in my experience only by those of Antonietta Stella and Diana Soviero. This opera, more so than any other standard repertory work, depends on the soprano who plays the title role. When…


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The Girl of the Golden West in Omaha

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Tweet Next February 12 and 14 Opera Omaha will stage Puccini’s real spaghetti western The Girl of the Golden West – aka La Fanciulla del West. The cast is below. Asterisk indicates company debut. Lee Bisset, Minnie* Michael Mayes, Jack Rance* Matthew Treviño, Ashby Elise Quagliata, Wowkle Branch Fields, Jim Larkens / Billy Jack Rabbit*…


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Recording of the Week: Verismo – Diana Soviero

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Tweet The best singing actress I ever saw was Diana Soviero (b 1946) and my list includes Maria Callas and Teresa Stratas. Born in Jersey City she received the second Richard Tucker Award in 1979. She had a distinguished career at the Met appearing 102 times with the company between 1980 and 1997. She also…


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Il Tabarro at the Met 1981

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Tweet The video below presents the telecast of Puccini’s Il Tabarro. The performance by the Metropolitan Opera was on November 14, 1981. The cast is also below. The recording was apparently made from a home TV. The sound and picture quality are marginable, but just north of acceptable. I doubt the Met will have YouTube…


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La Fanciulla Del West from the Met 1992

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2_YO2luj48″>Defunct

Tweet Defunct Met video Added June 15, 2014 – So this YouTube video is also gone. Instead, listen to this performance from  1954. It’s in the public domain and thus will be around for a while. It features Eleanor Steber (Minnie), Gian Giacomo Guefi (Jack Rance), Mario Del Monaco (Dick Johnson), and Dimitri Mitropoulos (conductor)….


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Gianni Schicchi

Tweet The third of Puccini’s three one act operas Gianni Schicchi was immediately recognized as a masterpiece unlike its two sibling which took longer to have their genius acknowledged. The only comparable opera is Verdi’s Falstaff.  Schicchi moves like quicksilver through the 50+ minutes it takes to perform. The only pause is for ‘O mio babbino…


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La Fanciulla Del West – Vienna 2013

Tweet Below is a YouTube video of a complete performance of Puccini’s La Fanciulla Del West performed on October 5, 2013 at the Vienna State Opera. As these videos have a way of disappearing because of copyright issues I’ve also added two sound files of the tenor arias from the opera sung by Jonas Kaufmann…


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Suor Angelica

Tweet The second of the three one act operas first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1918, Suor Angelica used to be the least performed of the Trittico operas. But it recently has gained in popularity. It now ranks 65 in frequency of performance of operas throughout the world. Like most of Puccini’s less performed…


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Paris, Puccini, and Impressionism

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Tweet The following video by GiorgioFH is a brilliant compilation of French impressionist art set to the music of Puccini – specifically La Rondine and Crisantemi. Be sure to watch it full screen. Mr FH deserves a solo bow. Another reminder that Puccini was a giant of art.


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