• Turandot, © Photo: Ennevi | Courtesy of Fondazione Arena di Verona
  • Turandot, © Photo: Ennevi | Courtesy of Fondazione Arena di Verona
  • Turandot, © Photo: Ennevi | Courtesy of Fondazione Arena di Verona

Turandot: Arena di Verona

Verona, Arena di Verona

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About the Event

Keep your head as Puccini's ice princess claims those of her suitors! Franco Zeffirelli's sumptuous production of Puccini's late masterpiece fills the Arena di Verona with the atmosphere of ancient Peking.

'None shall sleep', to borrow the words of the opera's most famous aria, Calaf's Nessun dorma, as darkness falls over the ancient amphitheater, and thousands of candles are lit, creating a magical atmosphere to match Puccini's luminous score.

'Turandot is Puccini's last opera, unfinished at the time of his death in 1924. The opera was completed by Franco Alfano, using Puccini’s sketches and drafts, although other versions are sometimes performed. As with 'Madama Butterfly', the composer explores Oriental tonality, both music and plot reflecting an enduring interest in exoticism that gripped Western Europe in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The plot is based on the story of the cold, hard‐hearted Princess Turandot from the Persian 'Book of One Thousand and One Days'. The tragic story of love and loss premiered in Milan in 1926, where the opera was shown in its unfinished version in honour of its composer.

Act 1
The Forbidden City in Beijing, China. The Princess Turandot, a woman of great beauty, but whose heart is cold as ice, sets her suitors three riddles. Failure to answer correctly comes with the penalty of death. The execution of a failed prince stirs the blood of the crowd. Among the crowd stands a vanquished king of Tartary, Timur. The old king meets his long‐lost son, Prince Calaf, once again. Calaf falls in love with Turandot at first sight, and swears he will answer her three riddles. Timur’s slave girl, Liu, attempts to stop his reckless resolve, but his determination strengthens.

Act 2
Turandot appears, and begins to ask Calaf her three riddles, and Calaf successfully answers. Turandot is furious, and refuses to marry him. Calaf offers an exchange — if Turandot can learn his name by dawn, he will forfeit his life.

Act 3
Turandot orders that no‐one may sleep until someone learns the mysterious prince's name. Liu is captured and tortured. Turandot asks Liu why she is refusing to give up his name. Liu answers that her love for Calaf gives her strength, and takes her own life.
Turandot remains alone to confront Calaf. Calaf gives away his own name. At the break of dawn, Turandot proclaims her victory. She announces to the crowd “His name is …Love”. Turandot and Calaf are married.

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  • Puccini, Giacomo – Turandot
Program is subject to change

Cast / Production

Marco Armiliato (4, 7, 10/8)
Francesco Ivan Ciampa (13, 19/8 – 2/9)
Plácido Domingo (26/8)
Regia e Scene
Franco Zeffirelli
Emi Wada
Movimenti coreografici
Maria Grazia Garofoli

Anna Netrebko (4, 7, 10/8)
Oksana Dyka (13, 19, 26/8 – 2/9)

Imperatore Altoum
Carlo Bosi (4, 7, 10, 13, 19/8)
Chris Merritt (26/8 – 2/9)

Ferruccio Furlanetto (4, 7/8)
Riccardo Fassi (10, 13, 19, 26/8 – 2/9)
Yusif Eyvazov (4, 7, 10/8)
Murat Karahan (13/8)
Gregory Kunde (19/8)
Yonghoon Lee (26/8 – 2/9)
Maria Teresa Leva (4, 7/8)
Ruth Iniesta (10, 13, 19, 26/8 – 2/9)
Gëzim Myshketa (4, 7, 10, 13, 19/8)
Biagio Pizzuti (26/8 – 2/9)
Matteo Mezzaro
Riccardo Rados
Youngjun Park

Coro di Voci bianche A.d’A.Mus. diretto da Marco Tonini
Maestro del Coro Ulisse Trabacchin
Coordinatore del Ballo Gaetano Petrosino


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