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19 Nov 2005

Puccini's Western almost golden,0,2276928.story?coll=sfla-features-headlines

459_small.jpgBy Lawrence A. Johnson [, 19 November 2005]

Five-card draw, Wells Fargo robberies, gunplay and necktie parties are curios more often glimpsed on a John Wayne late show than encountered on the opera house stage.

Yet these ingredients are currently on vibrant display at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, where Puccini's La fanciulla del West is running through Nov. 26. Florida Grand Opera has opened its 65th season with a rambunctious production of Puccini's operatic Western love story, its first staging of The Girl of the Golden West in 28 years.

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