Opera Carolina performs Puccini's The Girl of the West April 23, 27 and 30.
Can opera, an Italian art form dating back to the late 1500s, be an effective medium for a Western – that quintessentially American and (relatively) new genre? In the hands of Puccini, it can. In the vein of Gunsmoke, High Noon and literary bodice rippers with Fabio on the cover, comes The Girl of the West (La fanciulla del West) a hard-drinkin’, poker-playin’, bona fide Western … with an Italian operatic soundtrack. And, of course, the hero (or in this case, the heroine) rides off into the sunset.