La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) is Puccini's seventh opera. It is ranked as the most mature four opera works by composers, along with Career of the Artist, Tusca and Madame Butterfly. The play is the only major opera to describe California's gold rush so far. The story ends with two lovers riding horses toward the sunset. The theme of music is interspersed with contemporary and local folk music and Indian ballads, which injects a strong regional colour into this pure American theme.
This production is the first Chinese performance of the play. It was created by the new international director Sardius Strasberg and the American creative team. The Italian gifted opera director Batistoni waved his baton and invited three world-class singers, Amari Niza, Marco Birdy, and Claudio Sculla, to perform together.