26th June

Concert will begin at 17:00 hours GMT

Archival recording: Puccini's 'La fanciulla del West' with Grimsley, Gruber, Malkin and Goldstein from Seattle

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Puccini's 'La fanciulla del West' is an opera in three acts to an Italian libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by the American author David Belasco. A group of Gold Rush miners enter the 'Polka' saloon after a day working at the mine. One of the miners, Jim Larkens, is homesick and the miners collect enough money for his fare home.

Performers: Jack Rance: Greer Grimsley. Minnie: Andrea Gruber. Larkens: Seth Malkin. Harry: Steve Goldstein. Handsome: Barry Johnson. Joe: Stephen Wall. Nick: Steven Cole. Happy: Byron Ellis. Sid: Keith Harris. Sonora: Morgan Smith. Trin: Wesley E. Rogers. Jack Wallace: David Adam Moore. Ashby: Arthur Woodley. Josè Castro: Rob Toren. Wowkle: Luretta Bybee. Billy Jackrabbit: Joseph Rawley.

Seattle Opera Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Oleg Caetani.

Recorded in May 2004.

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