New-to-Chicago Production Turandot

By Giacomo Puccini

  • Language - Sung in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 2 hours, 30 minutes with 1 intermission

Turandot, Puccini’s final opera and one of the biggest blockbusters in the repertoire, transports us to a fantasy of ancient China. There the regal, forbidding Princess Turandot poses three riddles to each prince who wishes to win her — but anyone who fails to answer correctly is executed. Prince Calaf does answer correctly, and he declares that he’s willing to die if Turandot finds out his name by dawn. The plot unfolds to music of extraordinary brilliance, including “Nessun dorma,” the most popular of all Italian tenor arias!

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This production of Turandot was presented at Lyric December 5, 2017 – January 27, 2018. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Turandot

by Giacomo Puccini

Warner Classics recording — Nilsson, Corelli, Scotto, cond. Molinari-Pradelli. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“Signore, ascolta”
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“Straniero, ascolta!”
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“Nessun dorma”
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Turandot

by Giacomo Puccini

commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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Turandot Synopsis

The regal, forbidding Princess Turandot poses three riddles to each prince who wishes to win her — but anyone who fails to answer correctly is executed. Heads roll as suitor after suitor are unable to pass the test until Prince Calaf answers all three correctly. Princess Turandot is distraught that she must marry, but Prince Calaf offers a way out with a riddle of his own: she must discover his name by dawn.

TIME: Legendary antiquity
PLACE: Beijing

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Go inside this production of Turandot with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Meet The Artists

Amber Wagner†

Turandot

Stefano La Colla*

Calaf

Maria Agresta*

Liù (December)

Janai Brugger*

Liù (January)

Andrea Silvestrelli

Timur

Zachary Nelson

Ping

Rodell Rosel†

Pang

Keith Jameson

Pong

Josh Lovell‡

Altoum

Patrick Guetti‡

Mandarin

Chicago Children's Choir

Sir Andrew Davis

Conductor (12/5 – 1/21)

Robert Tweten

Conductor (1/27)

Rob Kearley*

Director

Chris Maravich

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center

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Production owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago, originally created for Florida Grand Opera, The Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera.

Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg