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Fanciulla del West

Fanciulla del West
  • Company: Opera Holland Park
  • Year: 2004
  • Directed by: Jo Davies
  • Composer : Puccini
  • Lighting Design by: Mark Doubleday
  • Costume Design by: Will Bowen
  • Set designed by: Will Bowen
  • Photography by: Will Bowen
  • Design © Will Bowen
  • Image © Will Bowen
A full on blizzard in the open air tent at Holland Park was beyond their means, so Jo and I decided on McCabe & Mrs. Miller as a source for the look, with lying snow. The half built nature of the wooden structures and the snaking, duckboard walkways over the snow allowed the audience a widescreen view of everything. The same central structure started as the Polka saloon and revolved to become Minnie's cabin and finally the gallows scaffold.