La Fanciulla Del West

Valentino Monticello

TitleLa Fanciulla Del West
ArtistValentino Monticello
Paper Size (W x H)24 x 19 ins
Edition Size195
Price £240.00

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La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini set to an Italian libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini. It based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco. La Fanciulla del West premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1910. Nowadays, the opera is infrequently performed and has fewer of the show stopping highlights that are characteristic of other Puccini works. However, it is admired for its impressive orchestration and for a score that is more melodically integrated than is typical of Puccini’s previous work.

The story takes place in California during the Gold Rush of 1849. The opera's only female character, Minnie, is the beloved owner of Polka, a miners' tavern and gambling house. She falls in love with a patron who says his name is Dick Johnson but in reality, he is an outlaw who the miners are keen to capture. In the final act, upon Johnson’s capture, Minnie pleads with the other miners not to hang the man she loves. She succeeds and Johnson and Minnie leave California to start a new life together. This stunning work of art is based upon a scene in the Polka saloon in the opening act of La Fanciulla del West. It is produced, in accordance with the artist’s customary technique of cutting and shaping only the labels taken from bottles of fine wine in order to create the collage. All the wines used here emanate from California, so as to add to the atmosphere of the scene.

The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.

About the Artist

Valentino Monticello

Valentino Monticello has three passions: wine, opera, and art. An exceptional talent, Monticello cuts and shapes his favourite wine labels into unique artworks.

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