• Season 2023-2024
  • Opera
  • Opera
  • Festival

The Girl of the Golden West

  • An opera by
    • Giacomo Puccini
  • Musical director
  • Stage director
    • Tatjana Gürbaca

Orchestra , Chorus and Studio of the Opéra de Lyon

  • Dates Mar 15 - Apr 2, 2024
  • Rates From 10€ to 116€
  • Location Opéra de Lyon
  • Running Time 2h50 including an interval

In a few words

Californian author David Belasco inspired two completely different female characters in Puccini’s work. Madama Butterfly only exists through a man’s desire and died of heartbreak, as opera characters tend to do, while The Girl of the Golden West gets who she wants, firearm in hand.


In Puccini’s work, there are no characters more different from one another than Cio-Cio San, the little geisha in Madama Butterfly who died heartbroken because of the man who seduced and betrayed her, and Minnie, the Girl of the Golden West, with her cheating at cards, handling of firearms, and her wanting and getting outlaw Dick Johnson. Madama Butterly exists solely from male desire, she is an old-world heroine, while New World’s Girl of the Golden West brazenly acts on her own desire. She echoes Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar, or Tarantino’s Django Unchained, as mentioned by Polish artist Barbara Wysocka, who directed the piece. This is the first time that this 1910 opera, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera, is presented in Lyon. With his usual gusto, Daniele Rustioni conveys this vitally powerful music replete with intensely lyrical, violent, basic feelings.


In Italian with French surtitles

Opera in 3 acts Libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, based on the play by David Belasco
First performed in New York in 1910

New production

With the support of Aline Foriel-Destezet,major patron of the Festival

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