New production by the Opéra national du Rhin.
Opera in three acts.
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni based on a play by Carlo Gozzi.
Premiered on 25 April 1926 at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
Original version completed by Franco Alfano.
Duration: 2hr50 including interval.
Musical Director Domingo Hindoyan Stage Director Emmanuelle Bastet Scenography Tim Northam Costumes Véronique Seymat Lighting François Thouret Vidéo Éric Duranteau Chef de Chœur de l’Opéra national du Rhin Hendrik Haas Directeur de la Maîtrise de l’Opéra national du Rhin Luciano Bibiloni Chef du chœur de l’Opéra de Dijon Anass Ismat Chœur de l’Opéra national du Rhin, Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg - Maîtrise de l'Opéra national du Rhin, Chœur de l'Opéra de Dijon, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg
Turandot Elisabeth Teige Liù Adriana Gonzalez Calaf Arturo Chacón-Cruz Timur Mischa Schelomianski Emperor Altoum Raúl Giménez Ping Alessio Arduini Pang Gregory Bonfatti Pong Éric Huchet A Mandarin Andrei Maksimov Le Prince de Perse Nicolas Kuhn Deux servantes Clémence Baïz, Nathalie Gaudefroy
In Beijing, nobody sleeps. The crowds have gathered to watch the beheading of the Prince of Persia. Like many foreigners who came before him, the prince failed to answer the three riddles that would have earned him the hand of the much-coveted Princess Turandot, daughter of the Emperor of China. But she who is “white as jade, cold as blade” has sworn to never wed in vengeance for the death of her ancestress who was murdered by the Prince of Tartary after an invasion. As heads continue to roll, the arrival of an exiled foreign prince might melt Turandot’s ice-cold blood and restore hope in her people who yearn for the good old days.
In 1926, composer Franco Alfano was given the immense responsibility of completing the two final scenes of Turandot, which Puccini had left as a collection of sketches upon his death. These apocryphal pages were arbitrarily trimmed by the conductor Arturo Toscanini in the first performances, stripping the work of its sublime final soaring passage, against Puccini’s wishes, with the triumphant development of the theme of “Nessun Dorma”, which went on to become one of the best-known arias in the opera repertoire. Presented here in its complete version, this original finale is a chance to (re)discover Turandot in a fresh light. In the hands of director Emmanuelle Bastet and conductor Domingo Hindoyan, this is a rare and magnificent production.
Overtitled in French, German