John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West

Presented by Los Angeles Philharmonic

John Adams’ powerful opera, Girls of the Golden West, is a rejection of the whitewashed romantic view of California in the early days of the Gold Rush. Director Peter Sellars drew from historical texts when he created the libretto, particularly from the memoirs of a woman who called herself Dame Shirley. As Sellars has said, “These true stories of the Forty-Niners are overwhelming in their heroism, passion, and cruelty, telling tales of racial conflicts, colorful and humorous exploits, political strife and struggles to build new life.” Responding to these incidents, Adams’ propulsive music captures all the conflicting emotions with his characteristic insight. “There should be no doubt that Girls of the Golden West is the most powerful opera of the moment.” – Los Angeles Times


City: Los Angeles

Program Items

John Adams Girls of the Golden West


John Adams conductor
Davóne Tines Ned Peters
Paul Appleby Joe Cannon
Hye Jung Lee Ah Sing
Elliot Madore Ramón
Daniela Mack Josefa Segovia
Ryan McKinny Clarence
Los Angeles Master Chorale

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
United States