Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West, February 12 & 14, 2016

Jan 28, 2016, 15:48 PM by Michael Frisco

Opera Omaha

Omaha, Neb. (January 25, 2016) — Opera Omaha’s The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West) by Giacomo Puccini plays at the Orpheum Theater Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 2 p.m. Directed by Lillian Groag and conducted by Andrew Bisantz, this is the first time that Opera Omaha has produced Puccini’s great American Western opera. 

Set in the saloon of a California mining camp during the Gold Rush, The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West) has all the grit and grandeur of our greatest western films. Puccini’s soaring melodies provide the heartbeat of a dramatic love story filled with passion, redemption and forgiveness. This period production is part of Westward O!, a city-wide arts festival celebrating the frontier and American West.

Opera: The Girl of the Golden West by Giacomo Puccini

Friday, February 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini
First Opera Omaha Performance
World Premiere: New York, Metropolitan Opera House, Dec. 10, 1910
Approximate running time: 3 hours including two intermissions
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Minnie | Lee Bisset*
Dick Johnson | Dinyar Vania
Jack Rance | Michael Mayes*
Sonora | Levi Hernandez
Ashby | Matthew Treviño
Nick | Norman Shankle*
Wowkle | Elise Quagliata
Jake Wallace | Christian Zaremba*
Larkens/Billy Jack Rabbit | Branch Fields*
Trin | Tyler Nelson*
Sid | Joshua Zink*
Handsome | Adam Cannedy
Harry | Drew Duncan
Joe | Adrian Kramer*
Happy | Brian Kontes*
José Castro | Tyler Putnam

Creative Team
Conductor | Andrew Bisantz*
Director | Lillian Groag
Scenic Designer | John Conklin
Costume Designer | Constance Hoffman
Lighting Designer | Adam H. Greene*
Makeup & Hair Design | Ronell Oliveri
Chorus Master | J. Gawf
Fight Choreographer | Christian Zaremba*
*Opera Omaha Mainstage Debut

Single tickets for Opera Omaha’s 2015–16 Season are priced from $19 to $99 for all operas. Visit for further details, or call Ticket Omaha’s Box Office at (402) 345-0606.

Production sponsored by First National Bank and KETV (media partner). Season sponsored by Omaha Steaks, Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Opera Prelude: Opera Omaha presents pre-performance insights on Friday, February 12, 6:40-7 p.m. and Sunday, February, 14, 1:10-1:30 p.m. These 20-minute informal discussions with the conductor Andrew Bisantz are free to ticket holders and take place in the Grand Lobby, Orpheum Theater. 

Midday Music: a free lunchtime preview on Friday, Feb. 5, 12:15 p.m. featuring Conductor Andrew Bisantz, Director Lillian Groag and Baritone Michael Mayes from The Girl of the Golden West. Midday Music will be held at Opera Omaha’s rehearsal room (1850 Farnam St.) and provide entertainment and behind-the-scenes insight into the production.