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]

Opera Forward Festival [book tickets]


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

Carlos has performed in previous DNO Productions: A Dog’s Heart, Die Zauberflote, and Idomeneo. He also participated as a movement director at the DNO Talent Development.

@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

Girls of the Golden West - Matthew Shilvock, General Director, sits down with Composer, John Adams and Director, Peter Sellars, so get an inside look at the creation of this World Premier Fall 2017 production.