Puccini’s last opera is his most impressive and most lavish. Larger-than-life characters, and voices that measure up to their excessiveness. A torrent of captivating melodies, starting with the immortal Nessun dorma. An international cast, including a favourite of Montreal audiences, the incredibly moving Hiromi Omura as Liù.
Prince Calaf is in love with the cruel Princess Turandot. To marry her, he must solve three riddles, with a wrong answer resulting in his decapitation. With the help of his faithful servant Liù, Calaf will triumph, and love will melt the princess’s icy heart.
- Opera: in 3 acts
- Libretto: Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni, after Carlo Gozzi's tale
- Premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, April 25, 1926
- Sung in Italian with French-English surtitles
- Production : Opera Australia
Presented for the last time at the company: October 2004
Turandot Galina Shesterneva / Calaf Kamen Chanev / Liù Hiromi Omura / Timur Grigori Soloviov / Ping Jonathan Beyer / Pang Jean-Michel Richer / Pong Aaron Sheppard / The Emperor Altoum Guy Bélanger / A Mandarin Josh Whelan / Conductor Paul Nadler / Stage Director and Choreographer Graeme Murphy / Creative Associate Janet Vernon / Assistant to the Director Kim Walker / Sets and Costume Designer Kristian Fredrikson / Lighting Designer John Montgomery / Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal / Orchestre Métropolitain
A dynamic and “user-friendly” introduction to the performance. Hosted by musicologist Pierre Vachon, this get-together is like a journey into the heart of the work’s music and history, its libretto and its symbols, the production’s artists, etc.
- Language: in French with brief summary in English.
- Duration: 30 minutes
- Place: Piano Nobile, salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
- Time: 6:30 pm
- Cost: Free for subscribers ; $5 for general public