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La Fanciulla del West

Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s Hollywood-style production for the Nederlandse Opera 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. 

After seeing Eva-Maria in the ROH production of Anna Nicole, we can now see her in this landmark production of Puccini’s Wild West opera…

Read the libretto in English here

Lire l’argument en français ici



Sample Jury comments:

A surprising production—but why not?. We know the music of Puccini very well…  The story is very different, but why refuse the modernity? Transposing it to more modern times is in fact convincingly believable….

J’ai beaucoup aimé les 3 acteurs principaux et l’originalité de la mise en scène. Ceci dit, peut-être le dernier acte était un peu « trop » original….

It must have taken a certain amount of nerve to go for such “kitch” staging. But in fact it works and is the production’s strongest point and made even more telling by the interpretation and the orchestral playing.

Très osé. Bravo! Mais attention à des fautes d’orthographes dans les sous titres   

The more the action advances, the more I was taken by the melodrama… I adored the whole “kitch” thing. The staging of Act III was hugely successful with its Hollywood-like style...

J’ai adoré les voix et la mise en scène… mais j’aime l’œuvre moins que les autres opéras de Puccini. Il n’y a pas d’airs qui restent dans votre tète après la fin du spectacle….



Jury ratings:
Production, staging, lighting: B

Acting / performance: A-

HDVD production: A


Overall ranking: A-




Survey results


As usual, in addition to the Jury ratings we also conducted a survey into whether Jury members want to see this production again, would buy or recommend the disc and how they feel it compares with “being there”.


"Would you like to see this production again, on TV or in  the cinema?"
45% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

"Will you add this DVD/Blu-Ray to your own collection?"
20% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

Will you recommend this DVD/Blu-Ray to your family and friends?"
25% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"


And finally...

"How does this HD experience compare with attending a live performance?"
66% answered "Significantly better, rather better or comparable.