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234th Season

Mariinsky II (New Theatre)

8 September
2019 | Sunday
OPENING OF THE 2019/2020 SEASON Stars of the Stars
"La Fanciulla del West" (Opera in three acts)
Conducted by Maestro Gergiev
Artists Credits
The Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers
Opera company
Maestro Valery Gergiev, Musical Director
Irina Soboleva, Musical Preparation
Bernard Arnould, Set Designer
Performed in Italian


Music by Giacomo Puccini

Libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini based on the play The Girl of the Golden West David Belasco

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev

Stage Director and Set Designer: Arnaud Bernard

Costume Designer: Arnaud Bernard, Marianna Stranska

Lighting Designer: Arnaud Bernard

Musical Preparation: Irina Soboleva

World Premiere: Metropolitan Opera, New York, 1910. Puccini’s “American” opera, based on David Belasco’s play The Girl of the Golden West, had its glamorous and highly publicized world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, with the composer in the audience. The drama is set during the California Gold Rush, and the girl of the title is one of Puccini’s most appealing heroines—a strong, independent woman determined to win the man she loves. Although it fell out of favor with audiences for a few decades following its original success, Fanciulla has rebounded in popularity in recent years and is now counted among Puccini’s best works.

Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre, premiere of this production: 24 May 2019

Age category 12+

Mariinsky Theatre:
1 Theatre Square
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky-2 (New Theatre):
34 Dekabristov Street
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky Concert Hall:
20 Pisareva street
St. Petersburg

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