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Turandot

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
May 19 19:00, May 25 19:00, May 31 19:00, June 03 14:00
Performers
Zurich Opera
Fabio LuisiConductor
Giancarlo del MonacoDirector
Peter SykoraSet Designer, Costume Designer
Martina SerafinSopranoTurandot
Aleksandrs AntonenkoTenorThe Unknown Prince (Calaf)
Guanqun YuSopranoLiù
Wenwei ZhangBassTimur
Martin ZyssetTenorEmperor Altoum
Yuriy YurchukBaritonePing
Spencer LangTenorPang
Iain MilneTenorPong
Ildo SongBassMandarin
Philharmonia Zürich
Chorzuzüger der Oper Zürich
Zurich Opera Chorus

Giacomo Puccini’s last opera Turandot after Carlo Gozzi is set in a sinister, fairy-tale representation of China. Here, a repressive social order prevails, crystallised in Princess Turandot’s bloody ritual of vengeance: Turandot lures droves of suitors with her cold beauty and then delivers them to the executioner by means of unsolvable riddles. Until one day, the deposed king of the Tartars, Timur, his son Prince Calaf and the slave girl Liù appear. Calaf fearlessly takes on the cruel princess’s three riddles, solves them and is ultimately rewarded with her love.

Puccini’s unfinished score is striking in its sophisticated exoticism and masterful mixture of tragedy and whimsical humour. It ranges from grandiose crowd scenes to passionate pathos between Turandot and Calaf, and figures based on the commedia dell’arte, Ping, Pang and Pong. Martina Serafin, one of today’s greatest Turandots, will return to Zurich Opera House. She most recently sang the role of the cruel princess with great success at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, and previously at the Arena di Verona. Guanqun Yu, Mimì in our production of La bohème, will sing the self-sacrificing Liù, while Aleksanders Antonenko, most recently heard in Zurich as Radames in Aida and Hermann in Pique Dame, will sing Calaf. General Music Director Fabio Luisi will be at the rostrum.

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