When: Fridays, Sundays. Continues through Sept. 14 2014
The major themes of this performance don’t quite seem to fit — a Giacomo Puccini-composed opera about the wild, rowdy American West. But that’s exactly why Opera Coeur d’Alene’s next performance, La Fanciulla del West, or Girl of the Golden West, should be a hit. For those unaware, this is the famed Italian opera composer’s only piece with an American theme, set in a California Gold Rush mining camp. And yes, all the songs are sung in Italian. The performance made its international premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 1910, becoming the first opera ever to do so. Now that you’re ready to attend armed with this historical background, there’s no excuse that opera is unaccessible.
Girl of the Golden West • Fri, Sept. 12, at 7:30 pm; Sun, Sept. 14, at 2 pm • $29-$59 • Boswell Hall at North Idaho College • 1000 W. Garden Ave. • operacda.org • 800-418-1485