Puccini's La Fanciulla del West
Release Date: July 28, 1983
Running time: 2h 20m
The opera is set at the height of the California gold rush and is based on a play by David Belasco. The composer took three years to complete the work, which marked a new stylish departure. Puccini pieced together a far larger canvas than anything he had done before. Ken Adam's superbly atmospheric sets are matched by Piero Faggioni's highly detailed staging. Placido Domingo is in the role of Dick Johnson, the bandit, and Silvano Carroli is in the role of Jack Rance. Conducted by Nello Santi.