La Fanciulla del West | The Metropolitan Opera

La Fanciulla del West | The Metropolitan Opera

Set in a frontier mining town during the California Gold Rush, Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West is an operatic “spaghetti Western” that revels in all the hallmarks of the genre. Populated by ruthless bandits, tough-talking but goodhearted miners, a cynical sheriff, and one remarkable female tavern-keeper, Puccini’s Wild West is every bit as exciting as the world inhabited by John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. Yet this rough-and-tumble context also allows Puccini (and his audience) to explore universal questions about justice, forgiveness, and love.

Watch Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Met’s production, and use the accompanying Educators Guide to explore both Puccini’s great opera and real-life stories of women in the American West.

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