"La Fanciulla del West"

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Giacomo Puccini: La Fanciulla del West
Studio Recording
June 2019 in Cluj, Romania
the cast includes Melody Moore, Marius Vlad, Lester Lynch & conductor Lawrence Foster with the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir

Lawrence Foster leads the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in "La Fanciulla del West", recorded in Cluj, Romania. Melody Moore and Marius Vlad portray Minnie and the stranger Dick Johnson as their romance blooms during the California Gold Rush in the mid-19th century.  Emotions run high throughout the work, and Puccini treats us to a rare happy ending, with the couple setting out to start a new life together.


Released on February 5, 2021

Giacomo Puccini: La Fanciulla del West
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Guelfo Civinici & Carlo Zangarini
Based on the Play “The Girl from the Golden West” by David Belasco


Melody Moore (Minnie, Soprano)
Lester Lynch (Jack Rance, Baritone)
Marius Vlad (Dick Johnson, Tenor)
Amitai Pati (Nick, Tenor)
Martin-Jan Nijhof (Ashby, Bass)
Kevin Short (Sonora, Bass)
Radu Cîmpan (Trin & Pony Express, Tenor)
Alexandru Suciu (Sid, Baritone)
Ruben Ciungan (Bello, Baritone)
Alessandro Luciano (Harry, Tenor)
Lorant Barta (Joe, Tenor)
Rareş Munteanu (Happy, Baritone)
Antonio di Mateo (Larkens, Bass)
Alexander Köpeczi (Billy Jackrabbit, José Castro, Bass)
Ilseyar Khayrullova (Wowkle, Mezzo-soprano)
Gustavo Castillo (Jack Wallace, Baritone)
Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir
Cornel Groza (Chorus Master)
Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra
Paul Sîrbu (Concertmaster)
Néstor Bayona (Assistant Conductor)
Lawrence Foster (Conductor)

Production Team

Executive & Recording Producer: Job Maarse (SFCRC)
Balance Engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen (Polyhymnia International)
Recording Engineer: Andreas Wolf (Polyhymnia International)
Editing: Andreas Wolf & Jean-Marie Geijsen (Polyhymnia International)

Stage Manager: Pascu Popa
Special thanks to Oana Andreica, the Artistic Administrator of the Transylvania State Philharmonic

Italian Language Coach: Matelda Cappelletti

A San Francisco Classical Recording Company Production

Recording Location

Studio of Radio Cluj, Romania
June 17-23, 2019