Performing with PETER SELLARS at the Dutch National Opera - Girls of the Golden West

Rose Lincoln @ Harvard University

Rose Lincoln @ Harvard University

Dutch National Opera presents Girls of the Golden West by the celebrated American composer John Adams. After the successes of Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic, Adams once again joins forces with legendary director Peter Sellars.

Premiere 28th February [more]


Carlos García Estévez will be performing as Fayette in the European Premiere of Girls of the Golden West directed by Peter Sellars.

@Jules Nerestant

@Jules Nerestant



Gold Rush

Girls of the Golden West is set in the hardscrabble world of the miners who went to dig for their fortunes in the 1850s California Gold Rush. Simmering racism and sexism come to a head one Independence Day to end with the death of a Mexican barmaid, Josefa. The shocking narrative, based on authentic sources including gold miners’ songs, eyewitness accounts by writers like Louise Clappe and Mark Twain, and newspaper articles, is told from the perspective of the doctor’s wife, Louise Clappe, aka Dame Shirley.



Peter Sellars said in the New York Times: ‘These true stories of the Forty-Niners are overwhelming in their heroism, passion and cruelty, telling tales of racial conflicts, colourful and humorous exploits, political strife and struggles to build anew a life and to decide what it would mean to be American.’


Peter Sellars

at The Getty Villa, Malibu, California

Acclaimed opera and theater director Peter Sellars takes inspiration from his new production of Mozart’s "La Clemenza di Tito" to consider the concept of clemency and its multilayered history. He examines how it was evoked by the Roman philosopher Seneca in his classic essay "De Clement," written to influence and educate his pupil, the Emperor Nero, and by Mozart in his final opera, which served as one of the last testaments of the European Enlightenment. Sellars also considers Nelson Mandela, who brought the idea and hard-won example of “truth and reconciliation” forward with the highest human stakes, and the current era of Donald Trump, where both “truth” and “reconciliation” are challenged by a deeply divided global community.