The libretto is written by Carlo Zanjrarini and Guelfo. .. LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST II Trin: SiD: Trin Nick: Sonora Tkix: Sonora Nick: Sonora Tutti: Trin: NicK: . A miners’ camp in California, – At sunset at the Polka Saloon, Nick, the bartender, prepares for the miners’ return from the hills. Jake Wallace, a traveling . LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST. An opera in three acts, sung in Italian. Music by Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Guelfo Civinini and. Carlo Zangarini (based on the.

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The action takes place in that dest of California history which fol- lows immediately upon the discovery made by the miner Marshall of the first nugget of gold, at Coloma, in January, An unbridled greed, an upheaval of all social order, a restless anarchy followed upon the news of this discovery.

The United States, which in the same year,had annexed California, were engaged in internal wars ; and, as yet undisturbed by the librefto state of things, they were practically outside everything that occurred in the period of this work; the presence of their sheriff indicates a mere show fanciullla supremacy and political control.

An early history of California, quoted by Bel- asco, says of this tanciulla Of one thing only we are sure — they lived! The cgmp of the gold- seekers in the valley, and the Sierra Mountains ; the inhabitants of the spot coming down from the mountains, joining the goldseekers who come from every part of America, making common cause with them, sharing the same passions ; round this mixed and lawless folk a con- glomeration of thieving and murderous gangs has sprung up as a na- tural outcome of this same lust of gold, and infests the highways, rob- bing the foreign goldseekers as well as those from the mountains; from the strenuous conflict between these two parties arises the application of libretfo primitive justice of cruelty and rapacity.

L libretto is written by Carlo Zanjrarini and Guelfo. It was first produced in New York in The scene is laid libreto a mining camp at the foot of Cloudy Mountains, in California, in the days of the gold fever, and Act I In the barroom of the “Polka” a number of miners are gathered and amongst them is Ranee, the sheriff.

Ashby enters and says that after three months of tracking, his men are rounding up Ramerrez, and his band of Mexican “greasers.

Ranee makes love to Minnie, but she repulses him, even showing him a revolver that she carries. He gives his name as Dick Johnson from Sacramento, r. She and the stranger recall their chance meeting on the road when each fell in love with the other, and Johnson who is no other tl: Ashby’s men bring in Jose Castro.

They are for hanging him, and Castro, though he sees his chief’s saddle and thinks him captured, soon finds from the talk that Ramerrez is still free, and offers to conduct them to him. The miners go off with the sheriff and Ashby’s men to seize the outlaw, leaving their barrel of gold in Minnie’s charge, with only Nick and Billy to protect her and it.

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Nick reports that a greaser is sulking around, and Johnson knows that his ranciulla are only awaiting his whistle to come and seize the gold. Minnie declares valiantly that he who takes the gold will have to kill her first, and he admires her spirit. She invites him to call on her in her cabin after the miners come back, and he. Act II At Minnie’s dwelling Wowkle is sitting on the floor before the fire rocking her baby in her arms.


Billy comes in and Pa soon follows. They both acknowledge their love, and when a severe snowstorm comes up Minnie invites him to remain for the night. Pistol shots are heard and Johnson, knowing himself to be in grave danger, determines to stay with Minnie and vows that he will never give her up. Johnson is lying on Minnie’s bed and she is resting on the hearth rug when shouts are heard without, and Nick hails Minnie.

She insists that Johnson hide, and then she admits Nick, Ranee, Ashby and some of the miners. They tell her that Dick Johnson is Ramerrez, and is near, and that they were worried about her. They say also that Johnson came westt the saloon to take their gold, though he left without it, which they cannot understand. She is overwhelmed by their revela- tions, especially when Johnson’s photograph, obtained from a notorious woman at a nearby ranch, is shown her.

She sends the men ofif and will not listen to having any one stay with her. When they are gone she confronts Johnson with the photograph and he confesses who he is and tells her how he was brought up to the life of an outlaw.

Minnie cannot forgive him for deceiving her when she gave him her love, and she sends him ofif.

Johnson goes out, desperate and willing to die. A shot is heard and Minnie opens the door, drags him in wounded, and hides him in the loft. Ranee enters and Minnie has almost convinced him that the outlaw escaped and is not there, when a drop of blood falls on his hand.

He drags the wounded man down from the loft. Minnie, knowing that the sherifiF has the gambler’s passion, offers to play a game of poker with him, her life and Johnson’s to be the stake.

If she loses she will marry him and he may do what he will with Johnson. They play while Johnson lies unconscious near, and Ranee is winning when Minnie clearly cheats and so wins the game. Ranee, dumbfounded, but true to his word, goes out. Ranee tells of his chagrin that Johnson’s wound was not fatal, llibretto that Minnie had nursed him back to life at her cabin.

Ashby’s men come on the scene, having captured Johnson after an exciting chase. He is fanclulla in, bound and wounded and his clothing torn. Librettl men gather about him like animals about their prey, and taunt him savagely. Johnson confronts them defiantly, even when they name many of the robberies and murders that he and his gang have committed. As they are about to hang him he asks one favor — that they will never tell Minnie how he died.

At the last moment Minnie dashes in on horseback. She places herself in front of Johnson and presents her pistol to the crowd, and in spite of Ranee’s orders no one dares to push her aside and pull the noose taut.

Minnie appeals to them, and at last, in spite of Ranee the miners cut the noose and restore Johnson to Minnie.

The two go ofif together amid the affectionate farewells of the men. In una parete laterale una scaletta porta ad un pianerottolo che sporg.

Sotto il ballatoio un breve passaggio immette nella “sala da ballo” come indica una scritta a caratteri rossi. Da una parte uno schermo di lamina di ferro, per riparare le persone dai colpi di pistola: Verso il proscenio il tavolo del “faraone” con accessori pel fancciulla — un altro tavolo verso il fondo — un altro wes presso il banco.


Dalla grande porta del fondo e attraverso la finestra si scorge la valle, con la sua vegetazione selvaggia di sambuchi, guercie, conifere basse, tutta avvolta nel fiam- meggiare del tramonto. Lontano, le montagne nevose si sfumano di toni d’oro e di viola. A sinistra, quasi al proscenio, presso il camino, si vede rosseggiare la bragia del sigaro di Jack Rance. A un tratto si alza, si leva di tasca una Lettera, la guarda con tristezza, va al banco, prende un francobollo, ve l’appic- cica sopra, la depone nella cassetta e ritorna a sedere.

Fuori, nella lontananza, s’incrociano grida ed echi lamen- tosi di canti Voci Lontane: From a side-wal’ a small staircase leads to an upper landing projecting over the room like a balcony, from which hang deerskins and rough, bright-colored hangings.

Underneath the balcony a short passage leads into the “Dancing Hall,” as indicated by a placard in red letters. The passage is guarded ffanciulla a stuffed bear. Near the door, at the back, is the bar with glasses, bottles, etc. Behind it, on one side, is a cupboard with- out doors, full of kitchen utensils, and on the other side a small bar- rel libertto which the llibretto keep their gold dust.

Behind the bar, in the middle, is a rectangular window, with diamond-shaped panes ; above it. On one side is a sheet-iron screen to protect a person from pistol-shots; on the other, a big chimney-piece. To- wards the footlights is the faro table, with the paraphernalia of the game — another table further back — and still another near the bar.

Ljbretto the distance the snotv-mountains are tinted with gold and I’iolet. The iwry strong light outside, which is rapidly fading, makes the inside jf the “Polka” seem all the darker. In the gloom the outlines of things can scarcely be distinguished. Oil the left, close to the footlights, near tiie cliimney-piece, the glimmer of Jack Range’s cigar is seen.

Suddenly he rises, takes a letter from his pocket, looks at it sadly, goes to the counter, takes a stamp, ti. Outside in the distance are heard mingled shouts and mournful strain’ of song.

Full text of “La fanciulla del West (The girl of the golden West)”

Voices in the distance: A refrain in the distance: How she’ll weep for me! La “Polka” si anima ad un tratto. Cominciano ad entrare a gruppi i minatori di ritorno dal campo Harry, Joe, Bello ed altri: SiD e Happy, seguiti da Billy: JoE, Bello e gli altri: Harry mischia le carte battendo con la palma aperta sulla spalla di Sid Holla! The “Polka” suddenly becomes full pf life. Groups of miners returning from camp begin to come in.

Harry, Joe, Handsome and Others entering: Hello, boys, how goes it? Sid and Happy, folloivcd by Billy: Hakrv sitting at the faro table: Bring the cigars, Nick!

She’s jolly Sid who has. You fellows, a game of faro? I’ll take a hand. Say boys — who’s going to be banker? Sid throwing cards on table: Well, shuffle, if you want to. Joe clapping Sid on the shoulder: Other miners have come in and have gone straight to the dancing hall, humming, the same refrain softly.

Some have gone up to the upper room.