Turandot

7:30 pm
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DURATION: 2:40 HRS.
INTERMISSION: 2
HALL: WILFRID-PELLETIER
VENUE: PLACE DES ARTS
PREOPERA : 6:30 pm

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Synopsis

Puccini

TURANDOT

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.

SYNOPSIS

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

Composer

Cast

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

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PreOpera

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

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