The Girl of the Golden West

Giacomo Puccini

16 Feb - 26 Mar 2021

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A gun-toting story of true love and second chances

Set against the backdrop of the tough life of a gold-mining community on the American frontier during the California Gold Rush, this opera has been called the original Spaghetti Western. It boasts what is perhaps Puccini’s most innovative score, and surely his richest orchestrally.

His peerless melodic gift and capacity for creating local colour is a perfect match for this tale of a love triangle involving Dick Johnson, aka the bandit Ramerrez, Sheriff Jack Rance and Minnie, the Girl of the Golden West (‘La fanciulla del West’) who runs the Polka saloon. Antony Hermus, who conducted electrifying performances of Tosca in 2018, conducts Aletta Collins’ widely admired production.

“right on target… brilliantly directed and beautifully sung.”
★★★★★ — The Independent (2014)

“…strikes Puccini gold and deserves a rush to see it.”
★★★★ — The Observer (2014)


£15 to £77.50*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Sung in Italian with English titles

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Priority booking dates

Leeds Season Packages:
Full Season Package 12 March
Create Your Own Package
Friends & Patrons 17 March
All other customers 19 March

Leeds Single Tickets:
Bronze Patrons 2 April
Friends of Opera North 3 April
Under 30s members 6 April
Public booking 7 April

Create Your Own Package
Newcastle 2 March
Nottingham & Salford Quays 6 March
Public booking 13 March


Magdalena Molendowska


Eric Greene

Jack Rance

Rafael Rojas

Dick Johnson (Ramerrez)

Paul Nilon


Creative team

Antony Hermus


Aletta Collins


Giles Cadle

Set Designer

Gabrielle Dalton

Costume Designer

Andreas Fuchs

Lighting Designer

The Girl of the Golden West
The Girl of the Golden West

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