"La Boheme" and "Tosca".
These are what Korean audiences are most familiar with when it comes to Italian composer Giacomo Puccini's masterpieces.
But now they can also have a taste of Puccini's rare opera with a happy ending "La Fanciulla del West".
It premiered in 1910 at the New York Metropolitan Opera,. after Puccini was inspired by the play "The Girl of the Golden West" written by American writer David Belasco.
Known to be innovative and experimental, "La Fanciulla del West" has never before been performed in Korea in its one-hundred-11 year history.
Set in a gold mine during the California gold rush, the show illustrates the lives and struggles of European immigrants who sought new lives in America in the 19th century.
The Italian production staff including the director and conductor who went through the two-week self-quarantine in Korea say audiences are able to enjoy the opera's unique setting.
"The setting is in the West with the miners of California so we tried to base it on historical facts. The surreal elements of a classical love triangle, tension between the bandits and sheriff and the story of a woman living with many miners in the mountains are still interesting now."
The conductor says the larger-than-usual orchestration with large woodwind and brass sections will add even more flavor to the performance.
The orchestration that leads the opera with sprinkles of opera singers' melodious voices on top, delivers a range of sounds; from the tough miners to touching moments between two lovers.
"In the music you have this brutality and violence of the men but also you have extremely lyrical and very passionate moments. We have really a palette of huge, big spectrum of all emotions from roughness, heaviness, violence to extreme beauty and passion."
The opera which Puccini called a “great symphonic poem”, will run until Sunday at Seoul Arts Center.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang news.