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Puccini's La Fanciulla del West Comes to the Clark Live from the Met

For Immediate Release

December 29, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Giacomo Puccini’s Wild West opera, La Fanciulla del West, comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, January 8 at 1:00 pm, live from the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD. The centennial anniversary of Giancarlo del Monaco’s widely acclaimed 1991 production is conducted by Nicola Luisotti and stars all-American diva Deborah Voigt as the fearless, gun-toting saloon owner Minnie.

Set in a California mining camp during the 1849-50 Gold Rush, La Fanciulla del West was commissioned by, and first performed at, the Metropolitan Opera on December 10, 1910. The stakes are high in Puccini’s fiery tour de force. The heroine of Puccini’s opera, Minnie, arouses the passion of all the men who drink at her saloon, including Jack Rance, the cynical sheriff of the camp. Minnie falls for the dashing stranger Dick Johnson, who she soon discovers is, in fact, a bandit with a price on his head. She hides Johnson from the law, but Rance hunts him down under her roof. At the last minute, Minnie challenges Rance to a game of poker. If he defeats her, she will give herself to him; if he loses, Johnson goes free.

The centennial production of La Fanciulla del West opened at the Met on December 6 to rave reviews. Celebrated opera star Deborah Voigt sings the title role of the “girl of the golden west,” starring opposite tenor Marcello Giordani as the mysterious bandit Dick Johnson. In this robust, passionate title role, Voigt "moved me deeply...I cannot think of a soprano who could sing any better this demanding role” (Anthony Tommasini, New York Times). Voigt and Giordani are joined by Italian baritone Lucio Gallo (Jack Rance), Dwayne Croft (Sonora), Tony Stevenson (Nick, the bartender) and Ginger Costa-Jackson (the Indian mother, Wowkle).

The Met: Live in HD series continues with Nixon in China (February 12), Iphigénie en Tauride (February 26), Lucia di Lammermoor (March 19), Le Comte Ory (April 9), Capriccio (April 23), Il Trovatore (April 30), and Die Walküre (May 14). The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; wine and assorted beverages will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are on sale now for $25 ($18 for students). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu.

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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January 8: Giacomo Puccini’s Wild West opera, La Fanciulla del West, comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, January 8 at 1:00 pm, live from the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD. The centennial anniversary of Giancarlo del Monaco’s widely acclaimed 1991 production is conducted by Nicola Luisotti and stars all-American diva Deborah Voigt as the fearless, gun-toting saloon owner Minnie. The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; wine and assorted beverages will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are on sale now for $25 ($18 for students). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu

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