The Girl of the Golden West

July 6 - August 3, 2024



The Girl of the Golden West

 (La fanciulla del West)

Passion, Peril, and Pursuit in the Wild West

Amidst the fervor of the Gold Rush, The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del west) by Giacomo Puccini paints a vivid picture of life in a mining camp. In Central City Opera’s rendition, the opera unfolds in Central City in the 1840s, incorporating elements of folk music to evoke the spirit of the West. At the heart of the story is the beloved owner of the Polka Saloon, who finds herself in a complicated love triangle with a newcomer and the local sheriff. Amidst confrontations and moments of high drama, loyalty and love are put to the test, as Puccini’s masterpiece seamlessly weaves romance, danger, and the promise of a fresh start.

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Pirates Extras:

  • Free Pre-performance Lectures: 45 minutes prior to every 2023 main stage performance. Seating is limited — arrive early
  • Free Post-performance Talkback: Details coming soon.

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Single tickets will be available on April 1, 2024.

Performance Location

Central City Opera House
124 Eureka St.
Central City, CO 80427


Giacomo Puccini


Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini

Based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco.

Sung In

(English supertitles)

Run Time

3 Hours Plus Intermission