Washington Opera Society to Present ‘The Girl of the Golden West’

By Francisco Salazar

The Washington Opera Society will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Passing of Giacomo Puccini’s with “The Girl of the Golden West.”

The performance will be showcased on May 28 at the Atrium of the Embassy of France and will feature Jonathan Burton as Dick Johnson, Kristin Sampson as Minnie, Kevin Short as Jack Rance, Michael Butler as Nick, Andrew Boisvert as Ashby, Adam Ciofari as Sonora, Aurelio Dominguez as Trin, Josh Bates as Bello, Carl Rosenthal as Harry, Jude Reagan as Joe, Jose Sacin as Happy and Jake Wallace, Solomon Collins as Jim Larkens and Billy Jackrabbit, Anamer Castrello as Wowkle, Noah Mond as Jake Wallace, and Jude Reagam as The Pony Express rider.

Maestro Julian Benichou conducts the Chorus & Orchestra of the Washington Opera Society and Robin Phillips will narrate.

In a statement, Benichou said, “Following our immensely successful Figaro in December, the Washington Opera Society will again present a cast of the highest caliber and it will be once again a memorable performance. I am so honored and excited to be conducting our upcoming production of Puccini’s masterpiece La fanciulla del West. I saw a few years ago, a terrific production of the piece presented by the New York City Opera with Kristin Sampson as Minnie, Kevin Short as Jack Rance and Jonathan Burton in the Role of Dick Johnson. That was a stellar cast, and it is the same exact one our audience will hear on May 28th.”