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Giacomo Puccini

La fanciulla del West

Wiener Staatsoper, 2013 | 195 min.


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  • Franz Welser-Möst  |  Conductor
  • Marco Arturo Marelli  |  Regie, Bühne und Licht
  • Thomas Lang  |  Choir director
  • Dagmar Niefind  |  Costumes

Nina Stemme | Minnie

The Swedish soprano Nina Stemme is one of the most sought-after interpreters of her field. After her debut as Cherubino in Italy, invitations to opera houses in Stockholm, Vienna, Dresden, Zurich, Naples, Barcelona, to the Metropolitan Opera, to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to San Francisco, Zurich and the Festivals in Bayreuth, Luzern, Salzburg, Savonlinna, Glyndebourne and Bregenz followed, where she successfully sang the roles of her repertoire, such as Mimi, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Tatjana, Suor Angelica, Euridice, Katerina (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Contessa (Nozze di Figaro) Marguerite (Faust), Agathe, Marie (Wozzeck), Nyssia (König Kandaules), Jenufa, Rosalinde, Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Eva (Meistersinger), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa (Lohengrin), Senta (Fliegender Holländer), Sieglinde (Walküre), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Leonora (Forza del destino), Aida, Isolde, Arabella, Brünnhilde (Ring), Salome.


Jonas Kaufmann | Dick Johnson (Ramerrez)

Jonas Kaufmann was born in Munich and is among the most sought-after tenors of the present. He studied vocal arts in Munich and attended master classes with James King, Hans Hotter and Josef Metternich. He began his career in 1994 at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken and very soon received invitations to the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Stuttgart, Chicago, Paris, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bayerische and Berliner Staatsoper, to Edinburgh, Tokyo, London, Luzern, Venice, Zurich and Brussels.

In 1999 Jonas Kaufmann made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in Busoni´s Doktor Faustus. He was also very successful as Alfredo (La traviata), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Faust (La Damnation de Faust), Parsifal, Stolzing (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Max (Der Freischütz), Don José (Carmen), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Don Carlo, Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Florestan (Fidelio), Des Grieux (Manon), to only name a few. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Tamino and has since then also sung Des Grieux (Manon), Cavaradossi and the title roles in Werther, Faust and Parsifal here.


Norbert Ernst | Nick

NORBERT ERNST studied in Wiener Neustadt under Gerd Fussi and in Vienna under KS Robert Holl. He also recieved important impulses through masterclasses with Kurt Equiluz and Walter Berry. He received his first engagement in 2002 as an ensemble member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein –Düsseldorf, where he among others, gave a successful debut as David. Guest performances have led the young Austrian tenor to the Wiener Volksoper, Geneva, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, the Bay­erische Staatsoper, Monte Carlo, the Opéra National Paris, the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, and the Liceu in Barcelona. Since 2004, he receives regular invitations to the Bayreuther Festspielen. In 2013, he worked among others in a new production of the Ring des Nibelungen as Loge. He gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2008 as David. Since 2010, he is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper and has sung here, among others, Steuermann, Kudrjáš, Tamino, Elemér, Jack O’Brien, Triquet, Tanzmeister, Narraboth, Aegisth, Alfred, Jaquino, Andres and Loge. 

Paolo Rumetz | Ashby

Paolo Rumetz began studying vocal arts in his hometown Trieste and perfected his skills in Munich with Josef Metternich and in Rome with Renato Guelfi. Paolo Rumetz made his debut in Cimarosa´s Il Maestro di Cappella in Spoleto. In 1988 his first appearance at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos followed. Since then, Paolo Rumetz has regularly been engaged in London, Pisa, Lucca, Prague, Macerata, Venice, Ravenna, Verona, Turin, Tokyo, at La Scala in Milan, in Barcelona, Zurich, Leipzig, Florence. Paolo Rumetz’s repertoire includes roles such as Enrico in Donizetti´s Lucia di Lammermoor, Sharpless in Puccini´s Madama Butterfly, Alberich in Wagner´s Das Rheingold, Doktor Dulcamara in Donizetti´s L’elisir d’amore, Sulpice in Donizetti´s La Fille du regiment, David in Mascagni´s L’amico Fritz, Don Geronio in Rossini´s Il turco in Italia, the title role in Verdi´s Falstaff, Don Bartolo in Rossini´s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Jago in Verdi´s Otello, Graf Gil in Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari´s Il segreto di Susanna, Fra Melitone in Verdi´s La forza del destino, Taddeo in Rossini´s L’italiana in Algeri.

Boaz Daniel | Sonora

DANIEL BOAZ was born in Tel Aviv, studied in the University there, and then continued his vocal studies from 1996 to 1999 in the Conservatoire of Vienna. In 1999, he received the promotional prize in the Eberhard Waechter-Medaille in Vienna. In 1998, he became an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, where his repertoire includes, among others, works ranging from Conte d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Paolo (Simon Boccanegra), Marcello (La Bohème), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isol­de), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Ford (Falstaff), Klingsor (Parsifal), Rangoni (Boris Godunow), Valentin (Faust), Rodrigo (Don Carlo), Jeletzki (Pique Dame), Sonora (La fanciulla del West), Heerrufer (Lohengrin) to Gunther (Götterdämmerung). He received repeated invitations to the ROH Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the New Israeli Opera, the Dresdner Semperoper, to Chicago, Turin, Salzburg, San Francisco, Frankfurt and Barcelona. Recently, he has celebrated success in the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Ernani, as well as in Don Giovanni in Graz, in Tel Aviv in Un ballo in maschera, and in Tristan und Isolde in Hamburg, Berlin and London.


Michael Roider | Trin

Michael Roider was born in Salzburg and studied violin and vocal arts at the Mozarteum. Initially, he worked as a violinist but decided on a singer´s career in 1978. His first engagements were in Basel, Lucerne, as well as in Graz, where he for example sang Kudrjaš (Katja Kabanova), Max (Freischütz), Eisenstein (Fledermaus) and the title role in Der Graf von Luxemburg. Further performances led him to Berlin, Tokyo, Budapest, Salzburg, Karlsruhe, Bern, Zürich, Leipzig and to the Volksoper Wien. In 1995 he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Offizier (Ariadne auf Naxos), where he has performed e.g. as Idomeneo, Triquet, Hirt (Oedipe), Valzacchi (Rosenkavalier), Herodes (Salome), Hauptmann (Wozzeck), Maler (Lulu), Loge (Rheingold), Basilio (Nozze di Figaro), Vere (Billy Budd), Spalanzani (Contes d’Hoffmann), Bob Boles (Peter Grimes), Cajus (Falstaff), Aegisth (Elektra), Laca (Jenufa), Guillot (Manon), Altoum (Turandot), Schäbiger (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Kreon (Medea), Incroyable (Andrea Chenier), Trabuco (Forza del destino), Albert (Tote Stadt) and Eisenstein. In 2008 and 2009 he sang Mime in Budapest.


KS Hans Peter Kammerer | Sid

Hans Peter Kammerer was born in South Tirol and studied among others, under Walter Berry at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. His first engagements led him to the Vienna Kammeroper and the Bregenz Festivals. Furthermore, he has sung at the Berlin State Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels , the Pfingstfestspielen in Salzburg, the Mozart Festival in Schönbrunn, the Opéra Bastille, the Staatstheater in Stuutgart, Geneva, the opera houses in Barcelona and Lyon as well as the Vienna Volksoper. He gave his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1995 as Dancaïro (Carmen). This was followed by roles among others like Ascanio (Gesualdo), Marullo (Rigoletto), Barbier (Schweigsame Frau), Achter Stammesfürst (Moses und Aron), Graf Dominik (Arabel­la), Spalanzani (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Hauptmann (Eugen Onegin), Haly (L’italiana in Algeri), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Haushofmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos), Papageno, Dr. Falke, Gubetta (Lucrezia Borgia), Kleiner Sträfling (Aus einem Totenhaus), Wagner (Faust) and Mitjuch (Boris Godunow). He has also appeared in children's operas as well as in Zimmermann's White Rose in Parliament.

Tae-Joong Yang | Bello

Baritone Tae-Joong Yang was born in Buye/South Korea and completed his vocal arts studies in Seoul. In 2003 he came to Germany, where he continued his music studies in Berlin. Among his numerous prizes is the first prize in Domingo´s Operalia competition. Regular opera and concert performances lead him to Korea, Japan, Italy, France and Austria. In December 2008 Tae-Joong Yang made his successful debut as Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Wiener Staatsoper. Since the season 2009/2010 he has been member of the ensemble of the house on the ring and has sung e.g. Silvio, Lescaut (in Manon Lescaut sowie in Manon), Alessio (La sonnambula), Albert (Werther), Schaunard, Harlekin, Masetto, Mercutio, Marullo, Roberto (I vespri siciliani) and Belcore.

Recent concert projects have included his USA debut with the LA Symphony as well as opera galas in the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Königin Elisabeth Zaal Antwerp.

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper in the season 2014/2015: among others. Masetto, Dandini, Bello.

Peter Jelosits | Harry

KS Peter Jelosits was born in Vienna. He was a member of the Wiener Sängerknaben and studied vocal arts at the University of Music and at the Conservatory in Vienna. Between 1983 and 1985 he was member of the Opernstudio of the Wiener Staatsoper. In 1984 he debuted as 1. Priester (Die Zauberflöte). Since 1985 he has been member of the ensemble at the house on the Ring. He has performed at festivals such as the Carinthische Sommer, the Wiener Festwochen, at the Schubertiade Hohenems and the Salzburger Festspielen. At the Wiener Staatsoper he has for example appeared as Jaquino (Fidelio), Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rodrigo (Otello), Wirt (Rosenkavalier), Gaston (La traviata), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Arbace (Idomeneo), Missail (Boris Godunow), Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos), Hirt (Tristan und Isolde), Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus), Heinrich (Tannhäuser), Narr (Wozzeck), Monsieur Taupe (Capriccio), Titelrolle Traumfresserchen, Sir Hervey (Anna Bolena), Rustighello (Lucrezia Borgia), Tschekalinski (Pique Dame), Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro).

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Yamadori, 2. Jude, 4. Knappe, Harry (Fanciulla del west), Dr. Blind.

Carlos Osuna | Joe

CARLOS OSUNA was born in Mazatlán (Mexico) and studied vocal arts in his home country and at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice. In 2009 he became member of the opera studio of the Basel Theatre and took master classes with Grace Bumbry and Francisco Araiza as well as with Mirella Freni, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ileana Cotrubas, José Carreras and Sherril Milnes. The tenor for example received invitations to the Verbier Festival, the Welsh National Opera, the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, the Festival Internacional de Santander. He celebrated great triumphs as (excerpt) Nemorino, Rodolfo, Pinkerton, in the title role Werther, as Beppe in Pagliacci and in Aus einem Totenhaus. Furthermore, Carlos Osuna is also very successful on the world´s concert stages. At the Wiener Staatsoper he for example sang Abdallo (Nabucco), Hauptmann (Simon Boccanegra), Gaston (La traviata), Aladdin (Aladdin und die Wunder­lampe, Kinderoper), Der große Sträfling (Aus einem Totenhaus), Beppe, Tebaldo (I vespri siciliani), Scaramuccio, (Ariadne auf Naxos), Narraboth (Salome), Hirt (Tristan und Isolde), Sir Hervey (Anna Bolena).


Clemens Unterreiner | Happy

CLEMENS UNTERREINER was born in Vienna. In 1998 he began his vocal art studies with Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Gottfried Hornik, Helena Lazarska and Wicus Slabbert. Numerous national and international opera and operetta productions as well as lied evenings, oratories and church concerts. Guest soloist in the Große Saal of the Wiener Musikverein, at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Palau de la Musica and other international concert halls. Member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper since 2005, where Clemens Unterreiner for example sang Sharpless, Faninal, Donner, Harlekin, Melot, Brétigny, Schtschelkalow, Oberpriester des Apollon(Alceste), Happy (La fanciulla del West), Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos),Schaunard. Also as guest soloist at the Volksoper Wien he very successfully performed as Papageno or Sharpless. Further engagements led him to the New York Carnegie Hall, the Royal Opera House Copenhagen, to the Strasbourgh Opera, the Salzburger Festspiele, Opera de Nice, Linzer Landestheater, the Oper Chur, the Sommerfestspiele Heidenheim as well as to the Richard Wagner Festival Budapest.


Portrait Clemens Unterreiner

Il Hong | Larkens

The South Korean bass Il Hong was born in 1980 in Seoul and studied at the Yonsei University there under Prof. Kwan-Dong Kim. In spring 2007, he completed his vocal studies with a bachelor of Music. Since October, he was studying his masters with Prof. Markus Goritzki at the Hochschule for Music Freiburg. In 2011, at the 49th Concorso Liric voci Internazionale Verdiane-Competition, he won the second prize and has been a finalist of numerous singing competitions. In the 2009/2010 season, Il Hong was in the Opera studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich but then changed in the 2010/2011 season to the Landestheater Detmold. There, he sang among others, Sarastro, Banquo (Macbeth), Wassermann (Ru­salka), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) and Fasolt (Das Rheingold). Since the 2011/2012 season, Il Hong belongs to the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper and has sung until now roles like Marquis von Obigny, Reinmar von Zweter (Tannhäuser), Oberpriester (Nabucco), Joe (Rise and Fall of Mahagonny), Don Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Graf Warting (Un ballo in ma­schera) and Capulet (Roméo et Juliette). 

Jongmin Park | Billy Jackrabbit

The bass, Jongmin Park, studied singing in his hometown of Seoul and was a member of the Milan Accademia Teatro alla Scala, where he studied with Mirella Freni, Luigi Alva and Renato Bruson. from 2010 until 2013, he was in the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera. Here, he took over the roles, among others, of Colline, Sparafucile and Sarastro. In summer 2014, he gave his debut at the ROH Covent Garden, at the BBC Proms in London and in the City of London Festival 2014. He won the International Tschaikowski competition and received the Wagner-Prize at the Plácido Domingo Operalia competition. In 2010, he gave his first Lieder evening in Munich, and in spring 2015, he completed his first recital in the Vienna Musikverein. He is also successful as a concert singer, and has sung Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, in Vesperae solennes de

at the Christmas concert in the Scala and in Verdi's Requiem in Seoul. At the Wiener Staatsoper, he gave his debut in 2011 as Colline and has continued to sing, among others, Zuniga, Mönch (Don Carlo) Basilio, Billy Jackrabbit, Quinault, Gremin and Sir Giorgio.


Juliette Mars | Wowkle

JULIETTE MARS began her vocal studies with Jacqueline Bonnardot. At the same time she completed her violoncello study in Quimper (Bretagne). After her vocal arts studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Lyon, the mezzo soprano became member of the CNIPAL (Centre National d’Insertion Professionelle d’artistes Lyriques) in Marseille. She made her stage debut in 2000 in St. Etienne as Gala in Massenet´s Roma. She is also an internationally successful lied and concert singer. In 2006 she made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Giovanna in Rigoletto and has since then sung roles like Mercedes (Carmen), Meg Page (Falstaff), Rosette (Manon), Berkenfield (Fille du regiment), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Page (Salome), Zulma (L’italiana in Algeri), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Glaša (Katja Kabanova), Omama (Omama im Apfelbaum), Barena (Jenufa), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Siebel (Faust), Thibault (Don Carlos, french), Flora (La traviata), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) here.

Alessio Arduini | Jake Wallace

ALESSIO ARDUINI was born in Desenzano del Garda in Italy. At the age of fifteen, he discovered his passion for singing and studied with Vincenzo Rose for several years. In 2010 he received a grant from the Lina Aimaro Bertasi Foundation and made his debut in the leading role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s Don Giovanni in a production of the Como Teatro Sociale. In a further production of this institution he performed as Conte d’Almaviva in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s Le nozze di Figaro. Alessio Arduini appeared as Don Giovanni at the Teatro Communale in Bologna; at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, he sang Riccardo in Vincenzo Bellini´s I puritani. Current and future engagements include the role of Guglielmo in Mozart´s Cosi fan tutte (Teatro Regio in Turin and Teatro La Fenice in Venice),Don Giovanni at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari and Schaunard in Giacomo Puccini´s La Bohème at the Salzburg Festival and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. He is a company member of the Vienna State Opera.


Alessio Arduini | José Castro

ALESSIO ARDUINI was born in Desenzano del Garda in Italy. At the age of fifteen, he discovered his passion for singing and studied with Vincenzo Rose for several years. In 2010 he received a grant from the Lina Aimaro Bertasi Foundation and made his debut in the leading role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s Don Giovanni in a production of the Como Teatro Sociale. In a further production of this institution he performed as Conte d’Almaviva in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s Le nozze di Figaro. Alessio Arduini appeared as Don Giovanni at the Teatro Communale in Bologna; at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, he sang Riccardo in Vincenzo Bellini´s I puritani. Current and future engagements include the role of Guglielmo in Mozart´s Cosi fan tutte (Teatro Regio in Turin and Teatro La Fenice in Venice),Don Giovanni at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari and Schaunard in Giacomo Puccini´s La Bohème at the Salzburg Festival and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. He is a company member of the Vienna State Opera.


Wolfram Igor Derntl | Postillon

Wolfram Igor Derntl was born in Mauthausen. He completed his vocal studies at the Goetheanistisches Konservatorium with honours. In 2004 he was engaged at the Wiener Staatsoper and has since then also been member of the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle. Before his fixed engagement at the Wiener Staatsoper, he was for example engaged at the Wiener Volksoper, the Wiener Kammeroper, the Stadttheater St. Pölten, in Klosterneuburg, Schwetzingen or at the Wiener Burgtheater. He was successful as Tamino (Zauberflöte), Basilio and Don Curzio (Figaro), Pedrillo (Entführung aus dem Serail), Barinkay (Zigeunerbaron), Symon (Bettelstudent), Adam (Vogelhändler) and Alfred (Fledermaus). Since his engagement at the Wiener Staatsoper he has performed numerous roles, apart from his administrative activities for the choir. In 2009/2010 he was engaged as a soloist at the Wiener Staatsoper. 

Tomasz Konieczny | Sheriff Jack Rance

Tomasz Konieczy was born in 1972 in Lodz/Poland. At the Film Academy there, he studied acting as well as singing in Warsaw and Dresden. In 1997, he gave his debut in Poznan as Figaro (Nozze di Figaro), two years later in Leipzig, and in 2000/2001 he changed to the Lubecker Theatre. During this time he was committed to St. Gallen, Halle, Chemnitz and Mannheim. From 2002/2003, he became an ensemble member in Mannheim. In 2005, he gave his debut at the Deutschen Oper in Rhein. Further engagements include performances in the Scala, at the Paris Opera, the Semperoper, the Teatro Real, Warsaw, the Bayerischen Staatsoper, Tokyo, Berlin and the Salzburger Festspiele. His roles include among others: Kezal, Orest, Procida, Ramfis, Wotan Wanderer, Pizarro, Großinquisitor, Jochanaan, Osmin, Golaud, Saras­tro, Mandryka, Amfortas, Alberich, Pimen, Marke, Colline, Melitone and Wozzeck. In 2008, he gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Alberich and also sang here since then Fra Melitone, Alberich (kompletter Ring), Amfortas, Goldhändler, Jochanaan, Wotan, Wanderer, Mandryka, Jack Rance, Don Pizarro and Dreieinigkeitsmoses.  

Erster Akt
Feierabend in einem amerikanischen Camp von Minenarbeitern. Nick, der Barkeeper öffnet den Ausschank, die Arbeiter kehren von ihrem Tagewerk zurück und warten auf Minnie, die Chefin der Kneipe und auch die einzige Frau im Camp. Dabei vertreiben sie sich die Zeit mit Whisky, Kartenspiel und Raufereien. Um sie abzulenken, lässt Nick ein Lied aus der fernen Heimat spielen, Larkens hält es vor Heimweh nicht mehr aus und die Kumpels sammeln Geld, um ihm die Heimreise zu ermöglichen. Der selbsternannte Sheriff Jack Rance, der hinter Minnie her ist, brüstet sich vor allen, dass Minnie bald seine Frau werden wird; darüber gerät er in Streit mit Sonora, der ebenfalls heftig in Minnie verliebt ist. Mitten in diesen Kampf trifft Minnie ein und weist alle in ihre Schranken. Sie betreibt nicht nur die Wirtschaft, sondern versucht den rauen Kerlen im Winter Schulunterricht zu geben und sorgt mit einer Bibelstunde für etwas Einkehr und Besinnung. Ashby, der Chef einer Transportfirma besucht das Camp. Er ist auf der Suche nach einem Banditen namens Ramerrez, der seit einiger Zeit die Gegend unsicher macht. Die Post trifft ein und durch eine Depesche wird Ashby von einer dubiosen Frau über den angeblichen Aufenthaltsort von Ramerrez aufgeklärt. Als Jack mit Minnie allein ist, versucht er ihre Liebe zu erringen, indem er ihr viel Geld anbietet. Brüsk weist sie ihn ab, indem sie ihm vom armen, doch glücklichen Leben und der Liebe ihrer Eltern erzählt. Da betritt ein Fremder das streng bewachte Camp, Jack schöpft Verdacht, ruft die Arbeiter zusammen und stachelt sie gegen den Unbekannten auf. Doch Minnie bürgt für den Fremden, der sich als Mister Johnson aus Sacramento ausgibt. Minnie und er erinnern sich an eine frühere Begegnung. Mit einem kleinen Walzer wird der Unbekannte in die Gemeinschaft aufgenommen. Alarm ertönt, die Arbeiter schleppen Castro, ein Mitglied aus der Bande von Ramerrez, herbei. Er ist gekommen, um alle Arbeiter mit falschen Angaben über Ramerrez' Aufenthalt aus dem Camp zu locken, um so seinem Anführer (denn der unerkannte Dick Johnson ist in Wahrheit Ramerrez) die Möglichkeit zu geben, das Camp auszurauben. Alle machen sich auf die Jagd nach Ramerrez, Minnie bleibt allein mit Dick zurück. Die aufkeimenden Gefühle für Minnie machen es Dick unmöglich, diese Frau, die zurückgeblieben ist, um die versteckten Goldvorräte mit ihrem Leben zu verteidigen, zu überwältigen und auszurauben. Bevor er sie verlässt, verabreden sie sich für den späten Abend in ihrer Behausung oben am Berg. ​​​​

Zweiter Akt
In ihrer Behausung bereitet sich Minnie auf Dicks Besuch vor. Als dieser eintrifft, berichtet sie ihm zutraulich von ihrem Leben, doch er verschweigt ihr seine wahre Identität. Beide gestehen sich ihre Gefühle, doch die Idylle wird abrupt durch den Besuch von Jack und einigen Arbeitern unterbrochen. Diese klären Minnie über die wahre Identität Johnsons auf und warnen sie vor ihm, dem Kriminellen. Enttäuscht stellt Minnie Dick zur Rede, er versucht sich zu verteidigen: Nicht freiwillig sei er Bandit geworden, vielmehr hat er nach dem Tod sein Vaters dessen Räuberbande übernehmen müssen. Doch das Zusammentreffen mit Minnie habe ihm den Weg für ein neues Leben gezeigt. Als er merkt, wie tief Minnie von seinem Vertrauensbruch getroffen ist, versucht er zu gehen, doch kaum ist der draußen, trifft ihn die Kugel Jacks, der ihm aufgelauert hat. Minnies Liebe erwacht erneut, sie öffnet ihm die Tür und verbirgt den Verwundeten. Doch einige Tropfen Blut verraten dem zurückkehrenden Sheriff, der sich ungestüm an Minnie vergreifen will, sein Versteck. Da beginnt Minnie für das Leben von Dick zu kämpfen. Eine Partie Poker soll über ihr und Johnsons Schicksal entscheiden. Sollte er gewinnen, will sie sich ihm hingeben und ihm Johnson ausliefern, sollte sie gewinnen, gehöre der Geliebte ihr alleine. Nachdem sie Jack sein Ehrenwort abgenommen hat, gewinnt sie die Partie mit falschen Karten.​​​​

Dritter Akt
Jack hat sein Ehrenwort gegenüber Minnie gebrochen und setzt alles daran, um Dick zu fangen. Bei anbrechendem Tag beginnt die Verfolgung, doch Dick scheint zunächst zu entkommen. Doch schließlich gelingt es Ashby, ihn zu fassen. Jack will mit seinem Rivalen schnell kurzen Prozess machen, er hetzt die Meute auf, und schon wird Dick die Schlinge um den Hals gelegt. Doch die Hinrichtung stoppt, als Minnies Rufen zu hören ist. Sie nutzt die allgemeine Überraschung und stellt sich schützend vor ihren Geliebten. Nach und nach gelingt es ihr, den Hass und die Mordlust der Männer zum Versiegen zu bringen und sie zu überzeugen, ihren Geliebten zu begnadigen. Minnie und Dick machen sich auf, um anderswo ein neues Leben anzufangen. ​​​​