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TURANDOT

Giacomo Puccini

Opera

Opera

TURANDOT

Composer Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni after Carlo Gozzi.


recommended for 12 years and older

Dramma lirico in three acts (five tableaux) - 1926

In Italian with German and English surtitles.

The people are thirsty for blood. Another suitor for the hand of the sovereign is about to be publicly beheaded, because Princess Turandot is determined never to belong to any man. That’s why anyone who wants to marry her must first solve three riddles. Anyone who fails has to pay with his life. An unknown prince, revolted by Turandot’s cruelty, yet attracted by her beauty, takes on this potentially lethal risk – and solves the riddles. But has he awakened the ice-cold, man-murdering sovereign to love and put an end to her barbarity?


Turandot is Giacomo Puccini’s final opera. He died at a point in time when he had come upon a thus far unsolved dramaturgical problem with his composition. The princess was to be the counter draft to the anti-feminism at the fin-de-siècle.  But how to depict the transformation of the man-murderer to a loving woman? Puccini left the final love scene between Turandot and Calaf fragmentary.

Cast

  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus, extra chorus and children's chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper