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!
by Giacomo Puccini
Warner Classics recording — Nilsson, Corelli, Scotto, cond. Molinari-Pradelli. Courtesy of Warner Classics.
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
Go inside this production of Turandot with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.
Meet The Artists
Stefano La Colla*
Chicago Children's Choir
Sir Andrew Davis
Conductor (12/5 – 1/21)
* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center
ROBERT S. AND SUSAN E. MORRISON