Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West
Label: OPUS ARTE
WESTBROEK; GALLO; TODOROVICH; SADNIK; RANDES; GADD; FAVEYTS; RABINER; MORSCH; SMEETS; CHORUS OF DE NEDERLANDSE OPERA; NE
Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s Hollywood-style production updates this Wild West story to the capitalist culture of Wall Street, perfectly reflecting Puccini’s innovatory spirit. In a new angle on the age-old love triangle theme, corrupt Sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo) and charismatic criminal Dick Johnson (Zoran Todorovich) vie for the love of glamorous blonde and devout Christian Minnie (Eva-Maria Westbroek), finding her way in a man’s world. Carlo Rizzi’s idiomatic conducting draws excellent singing from the large cast and fine playing from The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.