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The Girl Of The Golden West: A Strong Woman In The Gold Rush Era

City Club of Eugene. Meeting Date: March 7, 2014

KLCC Air Date: March 10, 2014

Guest Speakers: Mark Beudert, General Director, Eugene Opera, and Director of Opera Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame; Emily Pulley, Metropolitan Opera soprano

Those attending City Club the day before International Women's Day will hear about a Eugene Opera heroine appropriate for that occasion. Minnie is a bold and independent saloon-keeper in Puccini's most innovative opera, "The Girl of the Golden West.” Minnie’s bar is in a miner’s camp during California’s Gold Rush in the mid-19th century.

Director Beudert and soprano Pulley will discuss the character of Minnie, why she captured the imagination of opera lovers around the world, and how she speaks to audiences today. Attendees will also hear a live performance of an excerpt from the opera.

Pulley will sing the role of Minnie in the Eugene Opera's March 14 and 16 production, which is also known as “La fanciulla del West.” The famed soprano’s career includes performances with orchestras and opera companies all over the world and 10 seasons with New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

In addition to his duties with the Eugene Opera and Notre Dame University, Beudert continues his international singing career. He won the Pavarotti Concorso Internazionale in 1986. He has also taught at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the University of Michigan.

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