by Giacomo Puccini
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


Turandot Opera Overview

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

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 56 minutes with 2 intermissions



Photo: Reed Hummell/Nashville Opera

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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.

TURANDOT at Lyric Opera

Audio Highlights

Giacomo Puccini

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

“Signore, ascolta”

“Straniero, ascolta!”

“Nessun dorma”

TURANDOT at Lyric Opera

Opera Commentary

commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman

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Turandot at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Turandot and More — Your Perfect Chance to Go Big for Holiday Entertainment and Gift-Giving!

Give your family, friends, and/or professional colleagues a stocking-stuffer to knock their socks off — tickets to Turandot, or, even better, a package of seats to several operas and special events in the 2017/18 Season.

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Turandot at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Season of Delights

In the music (including the world’s favorite tenor aria, “Nessun dorma”), sets and costumes, and the singing, Puccini’s Turandot is truly spectacular!

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Music for Turandot provided by through generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago.

© 2017/18 Lyric Opera Commentaries Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Music Group. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.
Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Photos: Reed Hummell/Nashville Opera, Karen Almond/Dallas Opera