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Turin, at the Teatro Regio the new production of Puccini's La fanciulla del West is inspired by Sergio Leone's cult films
Francesco Ivan Ciampa directs, the direction is by Valentina Carrasco
Organized by: Teatro Regio Foundation of Turin
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Teatro Regio di Torino Foundation Presents

“ Opera and Ballet Season 2023 – 24 ”
The Royal Theater of Turin, after The Masked Ball directed by Riccardo Muti, continues its vast and detailed homage dedicated to Giacomo Puccini on the centenary of his death: from March 22 to April 8, 2024 a new production of will be staged The Maiden of the West, a work with completely original features, both in the compositional style and in the choice of the totally new subject.

Argentina directs Valentina Carrasco who debuts at the Turin opera house, while climbing onto the podium Francesco Ivan Ciampa, returning after the last experience with Cavalleria rusticana in 2022. They appear in the main roles Jennifer Rowley, for the first time in the role of Minnie, Roberto Aronica, the bandit Johnson, and Gabriele Viviani, Sheriff Jack Rance.

While the first western films, very short and silent, were all the rage on the big screen, in 1910 - after several years of silence following the Butterfly of 1904, Giacomo Puccini accepted the invitation of the Metropolitan in New York for a new opera, choosing a subject American: he decided to transfer one of those stories of gunslingers and desperate men set in the Old West to the prestigious stage. What most directly inspired the Tuscan composer, as with Madama Butterfly, was a piece, full of passion and adventure, by David Belasco, 'The Girl of the Golden West' which Puccini saw in early 1907 during a stay in the American metropolis.

The Maiden of the West, which embodies its author's desire for renewal – «It is necessary to renew oneself or die», since «harmony today and the orchestra are not the same», Puccini said – was performed for the first time in December 1910, under the direction of Arturo Toscanini with Enrico Caruso among the protagonists.

Valentina Carrasco  takes inspiration from the cinematographic suggestions of the libretto and the score, proposing a new staging that pays homage to the western genre, with an original use of technology, for a live "cinema" effect, which characterizes the scenes signed by Carles Berga is Peter van PraetSilvia Aymonino he created the costumes that recall the atmospheres of Sergio Leone's cult films such as Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and are inspired by historical photographs and documents. Director of photography is Gianluca Mamino, while the lights are on Peter van Praet. The Chorus of the Teatro Regio is instructed, as usual, by Ulysses Trabacchin.

During the eight scheduled performances, the following will perform: Oksana Dyka (Minnie), Massimo Cavalletti (Jake Rance) e Amadi Lagha (Dick Johnson). The cast completes: Francesco Pittari (Nick), Paolo Battaglia  (Ashby), Philip Morace (Sonora), Cristiano Olivieri (Trin), Eduardo Martinez (Sid and Billy Jackrabbit), Alessio Verna (Handsome), Enzo Peroni  (Harry), Enrico Maria Piazza (Joe), Giuseppe Esposito (Happy), Tyler Zimmerman (Larkens), Ksenia Chubunova (Wowkle), Gustavo Castillo (Jake Wallace), Adriano Gramigni (José Castro), Alejandro Escobar is Luigi Della Monica (a postman). Eduardo MartinezEnrico Maria PiazzaTyler Zimmerman is Ksenia Chubunova they are all Artists of the Royal Ensemble.

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(Photo above, Daniele Ratti ©Teatro Regio di Torino; below a sketch by Silvia Aymonino)
Turin, at the Teatro Regio the new production of Puccini's La fanciulla del West is inspired by Sergio Leone's cult films

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The Maiden of the West

The opera in three acts, with a libretto by Guelfo Civinini is Carlo Zangarini, is taken from the drama The Girl of the Golden West of David Belasco, a piece of strong contrasts of passion and adventure that proposes a clash within a love triangle (as already in Tosca), framed by the world of miners at the time of the gold fever, which so fascinated Puccini. The composer - as he had already achieved admirably with Japan in Madama Butterfly - evokes the western environment in music using American folkloric material, melodies authentic like that of Jake Wallace «What will my old men do", the singing Dooda dooda day, exotic dances (ragtime, bolero), a lullabyredskins sleep; invents ad hoc melodies for the arrival of the mail, for the chase of the cowboys on horseback, heralding the typical style of musical commentary in American western films.

The girl protagonist of the work is Minnie, an energetic and generous young woman who manages the saloon in a gold mining village in California. Sheriff Jake Rance is in love with her, unrequitedly. Minnie's life is turned upside down by the arrival of the bandit Dick Johnson, who wins her heart; in an attempt to save him from the gallows, the young woman ends up gambling her happiness in a game of poker.

Interpreters

Francesco Ivan Ciampa conductor
Valentina Carrasco direction

Carles Berga is Peter van Praet scenes
Silvia Aymonino costumes
Gianluca Mamino photography director
Peter van Praet lights

Ulysses Trabacchin choir master/br> Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino

New staging Teatro Regio Turin

Program

Giacomo Puccini

The Maiden of the West

Opera in three acts
Libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini
based on the drama The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco

Absolute first performance
New York, Metropolitan Opera, 10 December 1910

Replicas

22 March 2024 at 8pm 'before'
performances 23, 24, 27 March at 3pm
26, 28, 29 March and 2 April at 8pm

Who organizes

Teatro Regio Foundation of TurinThe Teatro Regio of Turin… more

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