Opera on Screen | La Fanciulla del West from the Opéra de Paris

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Opera on Screen | La Fanciulla del West from the Opéra de Paris


Sunday Sep 28 01:00 PM
Tuesday Sep 30 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $18.00
General Admission: $20.00


About the Film:

Giacomo Puccini | Opera in Three Acts | Italian | 180 mins

Puccini aimed to capture life itself, in a trail that would lead him to Paris in La Bohème, to Japan in Madama Butterfly, and then as far as the Far West in a tale of passion, humanity, brotherhood, and compassion. In a saloon known as The Polka, gold diggers brood over mothers left behind in Italy while Minnie, behind the bar, reads to them from the Bible. In the wake of the first literary westerns and as cinema began to exploit the genre, Puccini gave opera its first ever western: a tale of souls stranded at the edge of the world, a tale of laughter and of tears, both exotic and overwhelming. First performed at the Metropolitan Opera of New York in 1910, this masterpiece finally enters the repertoire of the Paris Opera. Performed live Feb. 2014

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