La Fanciulla del West (Olivero, Barioni)
Olivero, Daniele Barioni, Guelfi, Zecchillo, Maddalena; De Fabritiis. Corrado Mirandola, Maestro del Coro; Carlo Maestrini, Regista, February 20, 1967; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice, Venice. 20-p. booklet enclosed with Olivero interview. CD version includes 2 CDs.
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The card game in Fanciulla is one of the most elegant scenes ever written because Puccini does it with nothing. There’s only that tan-tan-tan in the orchestra, which is Minnie’s heart beating furiously. She has to find the way to trick Rance and win Johnson. When she cries for water, Rance turns his back. At that moment she raises her skirt, pulls three cards out of her stocking and substitutes them. Rance comes back and says, “Here’s your water.” She cries, “No, I don’t feel faint because I’m ill. I’m faint with joy because I’ve won! Three aces and a pair!” She places them in front of him. He puts on his hat, says “Buona sera!” and leaves–a stupendous scene. And done with nothing.
The above remarks are from the outtakes to Opera Fanatic: Stefan and the Divas.
Read more of the interview here.
La fanciulla del West
Opera in tre atti di Guelfo Civinini e Carlo Zangarini dal dramma di David Belasco
February 20, 1967; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice, Venice.
Oliviero De Fabritiis, conductor.
Corrado Mirandola, Maestro del Coro.
Carlo Maestrini, Regista
Minnie Magda Olivero
Dick Johnson Daniele Barioni
Jack Rance Giangiacomo Guelfi
Sonora Giuseppe Zecchillo
Jake Wallace Alessandro Maddalena
Nick Mario Guggia
Ashby Angelo Nosotti
Trin Vittorio Pandano
Sid Bruno Tessari
Bello Bruno Grella
Harry Augusto Pedroni
Joe Mario Carlin
Happy Gianni Socci
Larkens Francesco Signo
Billy Jackrabbit Uberto Scaglione
Wowkle Annalia Bazzani
José Castro Franco Federici
Un postiglione Augusto Veronese