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The Dark Side of the Gold Rush

John Adams’s new opera, “Girls of the Golden West,” is an assault on American mythology.
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Girls of the Golden West: Go See It!

Music / Classical : Iron Tongue of Midnight

If you read this blog, you know that next week San Francisco Opera will present the premiere run of performances of Girls of the Golden West, by John Adams, libretto by Peter Sellars, directed by Peter Sellars.I have not seen it, I ...

Review: John Adams Mines Gold Rush History for His New Opera

News : NYTimes: News

In “Girls of the Golden West,” a collaboration with Peter Sellars at San Francisco Opera, the music is haunting but the drama is stilted.

What did the NY Times make of John Adams’ new opera?

Music / Classical : Slipped Disc

Almost a week after the premiere of John Adams’ new opera, Girls of the Golden West, people in the business are wondering why the New York Times has maintained a trappist silence. The opera was greeted by two crunching put-downs in ...

Where to look for treasure in California's new gold rush? Try John Adams' new opera

Business & Finance : Money & Co

There weren’t very many girls to choose from for John Adams’ new opera, “Girls of the Gold West,” which had its premiere here last week. The California Gold Rush was a young man’s game of strike-it-rich. And there was no sense of, l...

John Adams writes a Gold Rush opera

Music / Classical : Jessica Duchen's Classical Music Blog

News from John Adams's website tells us that this much-loved American composer has been hard at work on his biggest creation since The Gospel According to the Other Mary. His new opera is called Girls of the Golden West - yes, reall...


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