La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by the American author David Belasco. Fanciulla followed Madama Butterfly.
La fanciulla del West was commissioned by, and first performed at, the Metropolitan Opera in New York on December 10, 1910 with Met stars Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destinn for whom Puccini created the leading roles of Dick Johnson and Minnie.
Minnie: Renata Tebaldi
Jack Rance: Cornell MacNeil
Dick Johnson (Ramerez) Mario del Monaco
Nick: Piero di Palma
Jake Wallace: Giorgio Tozzi
Coro del Accademia di Santa Cecilia
Orchestra del Accademia di Santa Cecilia
Dirigent: Franco Capuano