Puccini - La Fancuilla del West | Pentatone PTC5186778

Puccini - La Fancuilla del West

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186778

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 5th March 2021

Contents

Artists

Melody Moore (soprano)
Marius Vlad (tenor)
Lester Lynch (baritone)
Amitai Pati (tenor)
Martin-Jan Nijhof (bass)
Kevin Short (bass-baritone)
Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir

Conductor

Lawrence Foster

Works

Puccini, Giacomo

La fanciulla del West

Artists

Melody Moore (soprano)
Marius Vlad (tenor)
Lester Lynch (baritone)
Amitai Pati (tenor)
Martin-Jan Nijhof (bass)
Kevin Short (bass-baritone)
Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir

Conductor

Lawrence Foster

About

Lawrence Foster conducts Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (1910), together with the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Cluj-Napoca and a cast of seasoned Puccini singers, including Melody Moore (Minnie), Marius Vlad (Dick Johnson) and Lester Lynch (Jack Rance). Puccini’s “Spaghetti Western” is not only an exploration of the New World, with the delightfully charismatic saloon owner Minnie running the show, but equally of new music; a pioneering work full of harmonic innovation and state-of-the-art orchestration effects. The depth of the orchestration, as well as of the various ensemble scenes that are characteristic of the opera, fully comes to life in this studio recording.

Lawrence Foster has a vast PENTATONE discography, including operettas and operas such as Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (2018) and Der Zigeunerbaron (2016), as well as Verdi’s Otello (2017). The latter album features Melody Moore and Lester Lynch, who have also starred in recordings of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Puccini’s Il Tabarro (both 2020). Marius Vlad and the Transylvania State Philharmonic and Choir, Cluj Navoca make their PENTATONE debut.

Cast:
- Minnie: Melody Moore (soprano)
- Jack Rance: Lester Lynch (baritone)
- Dick Johnson: Marius Vlad (tenor)
- Nick: Amitai Pati (tenor)
- Ashby: Martin-Jan Nijhof (bass)
- Sonora: Kevin Short (bass-baritone)

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