CELEBRATING OUR 36TH SEASON
Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West
The master of Italian opera comes riding into Eugene! Puccini’s favorite opera has all the melodic richness you’d expect from the composer of La Boheme and Tosca—and all the romance of Gold Rush California! The lives of a strong woman of the American West, a love-sick sheriff, and a mysterious stranger intersect in an evening of operatic passion you’ll never forget!
Eugene Opera Celebrates The Strong Women of the American West!
When the Metropolitan Opera premiered Puccini’s opera Girl of the Golden West in 1910, Arturo Toscanini conducted, Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destinn sang, Puccini attended, and there were 55 curtain calls. This drama of the gold-mining 1850’s West, with its tough, armed, and independent soprano star, is one of Puccini’s most innovative scores and took the American opera world by storm.
To celebrate the March 14 and 16, 2014 local premiere of this masterpiece, Eugene Opera is joined by the Lane County Historical Society & Museum, the Eugene Public Library, White Lotus Gallery, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Bijou Metro, faculty of the University of Oregon, the Wells Fargo History Museum and others in presenting a calendar of exhibits and events from February 8 to March 30 celebrating women in the Gold Rush era.
Next season opens with The Elixir of Love
General Director Mark Beudert announced Eugene Opera will open their 2014-2015 season with The Elixir of Love on New Years and follow with Sweeney Todd in March.