After Madama Butterfly in 1904, Giacomo Puccini turned to the tried and true concept of the love triangle, but with an exotic American western setting (a California mining camp), for his next opera, La fanciulla del West (Girl of the Golden West) based on a play by David Belasco. Girl opened at New York City's Metropolitan Opera House in 1910 with Enrico Caruso as 'Dick Johnson' and Arturo Toscanini conducting.
Knoxville Opera offers up La fanciulla del West this weekend in a production directed by Anthony Laciura ('Eddie Kessler' in Boardwalk Empire) with musical direction by KO's Brian Salesky. Manrico Tedeschi will be heard in the role of Dick Johnson, Carter Scott as Minnie, and Scott Bearden (last season's Iago in Otello) as the sheriff Jack Rance.
Performances are Friday evening (Feb 8) at 8 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm in the Tennessee Theatre. Tickets available via the Knoxville opera website or telephone 865.524.0795.