GIACOMO PUCCINI

Turandot

New TCBO production with Teatro Massimo Palermo
and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

in partnership with Lakhta Center

The opera, in three acts, was unfinished by the composer Giacomo Puccini, because of his sudden death, and was completed by the verismo composer Franco Alfano based on Puccini’s notes. At the opera’s premiere at the Scala in Milan in 1926, Toscanini laid down his baton at the end of Liu’s aria “Tu che di gel sei cinta”, turned to the audience and said “And here the maestro died”, leaving the auditorium silent.

The story is by the dramatist Carlo Gozzi and dates from 1762, telling of the Chinese princess Turandot, who sets her suitors three riddles in order to marry her. Only the suitor who solves the riddle may ask for her hand in marriage, otherwise death awaits. Timur, the old king of the Tartars and his son Calaf appear before the princess. Calaf is intent on the dangerous task of solving the riddles. He succeeds and Turandot is racked by despair. Calaf declares that he is ready die if she can guess his name before dawn. Willing to do anything to find out his name, the princess has Calaf’s slave, Liù, tortured, but she will not reveal her master’s name and takes her own life. Turandot, upset and now attracted to Calaf lets him kiss her and he whispers his name. Calaf and Turandot appear before the crowd and proclaim the name of the mysterious prince: Love.

28 | 29 | 30 | 31 May 2019

1 | 4 | 5 | 7 | June 2019

TICKETS

PRESENTING PARTNERS:

CONDUCTOR

VIDEO, STAGE DESIGN,  COSTUM DESIGN

DIRECTOR AND PRODUCTION

TUE | 28 | MAY | Shifts Prima | H: 20.00
WED | 29 | MAY | FA | H: 20.00
THU | 30| MAY| Shifts A | H: 20.00
FRI | 31 | MAY | Shifts C | H: 18.00
SAT | 01| JUN | Shifts D | H: 15.30
TUE |04 | JUN | Shifts B | H: 20.00
WED | 05 | JUN | Shifts P | H: 18.00
FRI | 07 | JUN | FA | H: 20.00

CAST

TURANDOT

28 | 30 May  1 | 4 June

TURANDOT

29 | 31 May  5 | 7 June

TIMUR

In Sung Sim

28 | 30 May  1 | 4 |  7 June

TIMUR

29 | 31 May   5 | June

CALAF

28 | 30 May 1 | 4 June

CALAF

29 | 31 May   5 | 7 June

LIU’

28 | 30 May   1 | 4 June

LIU’

29 | 31 May  5 | 7 June

PING

28 | 30 May   1 | 4 June

PING

29 | 31 May   5 | 7 June

PONG

Cristiano Olivieri

28 | 30 May  1 | 4 June

PONG

Pietro Picone

29 | 31 May   5 | 7 June

PANG

Orlando Polidoro

29 | 31 May.  5 | 7 June

PANG

Francesco Marsiglia

28 | 30 May  1 | 4 June

UN MANDARINO

Nicolò Ceriani

COMPOSER

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) may be considered as the last great composer of traditional Italian opera. He was acclaimed by many, thanks to the insight of the editor Giulio Ricordi who saw that Puccini had a great genius to invest in, and brought him together with the librettists Giuseppe Giacosa (1847-1906) and Luigi Illica (1857-1919). This “dream team” created operas such as La BohèmeTosca and Madame Butterfly, which gave Puccini the status of Verdi’s only heir and still attract millions of theatre-goers the world over.

LIGHTING DESIGN

MARCO GIUSTI

CHOIR CONDUCTOR

ALBERTO MALAZZI

CONDUCTOR CVB

ALHAMBRA SUPERCHI

In cooperation with ‘Scuola di Teatro di Bologna Alessandra Galante Garrone’