Mark Rucker as Jack Rance, Melissa Citro as Minnie and Jonathan Burton as Dick Johnson in Opera Colorado's production of "La Fanciulla del West."

(Photo: Matthew Staver)

CPR Classical presents a special broadcast of Opera Colorado’s current production: Giacomo Puccini's “La Fancuilla del West,” or “Girl of the Golden West.”

Listen at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, for a full performance of the opera, recorded at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. 

The music tells a sweeping story about the Gold Rush and the American West. Opera Colorado’s production puts a regional twist on the work, and moves the action from California to Colorado. It’s being performed Nov. 5, 8, 11 and 13.

Read more about the production and a synopsis of the story from the program for Opera Colorado’s “La Fanciulla del West”:

For more on the allure of Puccini’s music, check out our recent chat with two sopranos  who sang in the Colorado Symphony’s recent performances of “La Boheme.”

And revisit the story behind Opera Colorado’s ambitious production of Lori Laitman’s “The Scarlet Letter.” The opera company presented it in May.