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Puccini Goes West 

When: Sun., April 24 2011

Like many Europeans, composer Giacomo Puccini was fascinated by the American West. Unlike many Europeans, he wrote an opera about it, complete with a corrupt sheriff, a charismatic bandit, and the hapless beauty just trying to make her way in a man's world. The result — The Girl of the Golden West — premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1910, and several film versions followed. Now along comes director Nikolaus Lehnhoff, who has paired with the Netherlands Philharmonic Opera for an updated film production with a funky, futuristic twist. Recorded in HD and surround sound, and starring soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the role of the hapless beauty, the flick makes its Cleveland debut today at 2 p.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre, 2163 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $20 at the box office or online at Learn more at 440-528-0355. — Cicora


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