The Met: Live in HD airs Puccini's 'La Fanciulla del West' at Roxy Jan. 8, 30
Friday, December 31, 2010 - 2:31 pm

POTSDAM – The Met: Live in HD will present a live performance of "La Fanciulla del West" a century after it first debuted on the Metropolitan Opera stage, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, with an encore showing at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at Potsdam’s Roxy Theater.

Giacomo Puccini's Wild West opera stars American diva Deborah Voigt in the title role as "the girl of the West," and is conducted by Nicola Luisotti.

The running time is approximately three hours and 10 minutes, with two intermissions.

Set in California's Sierra Madre Mountains during the Gold Rush of 1849 and 1850, the opera follows Minnie, the beautiful bartender and keeper of the Polka Saloon, who falls in love with newcomer Dick Johnson and must save him from a posse by winning a game of poker. The opera is based on a play entitled "The Girl of the Golden West" by David Belasco, and is performed in Italian.

Ticket prices for the series are: $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for students and $9 for youth age 18 and under.

Tickets are available by calling 267-2277, or visiting the Roxy Theater or Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam or the CPS Box Office in the lobby of Snell Music Theater. You can also reserve tickets online by visiting www.cpspotsdam.org.