Giacomo Puccini considered "La fanciulla del West" to be one of his best works and the conductor of the premiere, Arturo Toscanini, called the opera a "great symphonic poem". Yet, this piece isn't performed nearly as often as Puccini's other operas. Antonio Pappano said to me in a recent conversation that the piece "isn't quite like anything else in Puccini's output". A few days ago, I was lucky to hear Maestro Pappano's interpretation of "La fanciulla del West" at the Staatsoper Berlin and that brilliant performance was uplifting, inspiring and unforgettable. Antonio is fully immersed in this work and we are lucky to have the chance to hear his thoughts and ideas on this piece, the genre of opera, singing and music-making and to ask questions.
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