Yesterday was the Final Dress Rehearsal for Puccini's "La Fanciulla"..or for those who do not speak Italian - "The Girl of the Golden West". The opera is being advertised here in SF as the "Original Spaghetti Western"... and I guess it is a bit funny to see an opera set in the Gold Rush Era, written and sung in Italian. (Supertitles in English, of course.) The music is wonderful, as are the sets...and, it is the only Puccini Opera where the heroine DOES NOT die! In fact, no one dies! Anyway, thought you would like to see a few photos... pictured above is Deborah Voight, who sings the lead, telling her Cowboy-miner friends about life and love.
Some of "the Boys" getting into character! And y'all remember Whizkid, the "Wonder Horse"....I posed with him a few posts back.
The set from the third act.....see that noose! Thar's a gonna be a hangin'.... (naah....the heroine saves the hero....didn't I tell you that no one dies)?
Here they go, up the backstage stairs - ready to make their entrance.
"La Fanciulla" opens (for real) on June 9th. We'll see how Whizkid performs as he makes his debut. Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse...cause it's pretty much all I have been doing the past week