by Giacomo Puccini
DECEMBER 5 – JANUARY 27
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!
“A Ryan Opera Center breakout star, [Amber Wagner] produced a gleaming, ample and effortless sound that also was warm and womanly when it needed to be.”
– Chicago Tribune
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Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 56 minutes with 2 intermissions
Photo: Reed Hummell/Nashville Opera
Turandot Opera Resources
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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.
Audio HighlightsGiacomo Puccini
Warner Classics recording — Nilsson, Corelli, Scotto, cond. Molinari-Pradelli. Courtesy of Warner Classics.
commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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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