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Video streamed event and on demand: TurandotNew production

Watch online on operavision.euOperaVisionRecorded at Finnish National Opera: Main Hall (Suomen Kansallisoopera: päänäyttämö), Helsinki, Finland
Free to view
Dates/times in your browser's time zone
Thursday 16 February 202318:00
On demand from Thursday 16 February 2023 18:00
to Wednesday 16 August 2023 12:00
Programme
Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)TurandotLibretto by Renato Simoni, Giuseppe Adami
Performers
Finnish National Opera
Pietro RizzoConductor
Sofia JupitherDirector
Erlend BirkelandSet Designer
Maria GeberCostume Designer
Ellen RugeLighting Designer
Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera
Finnish National Opera Chorus
Astrik KhanamiryanSopranoTurandot
Mikheil SheshaberidzeTenorCalaf
Reetta HaavistoSopranoLiù
Matti TurunenBassTimur
Jussi MiilunpaloTenorEmperor Altoum
Jussi MerikantoBaritonePing
Mika PohjonenTenorPang
Tomas PavilionisTenorPong
Aapo KilpeläBaritoneMandarin

A beautiful Chinese princess has issued a decree for her suitors: whoever cannot solve her riddles to win her hand will be beheaded.  As unlucky suitors fail and fall, up steps Calaf, a prince of the Tatar people.

The new, visually stunning version of Puccini’s Turandot at the Finnish National Opera delivers a universal message: regardless of who we are or where we come from, we are all looking for love. Director Sofia Jupither sets out to focus on the essence of Puccini’s interest in private and the public lives, power and responsibility, love and vulnerability. Puccini composed the opera in the heyday of exoticism and orientalism; an Europe-centric view of the Far East is in danger of distancing modern audiences from Puccini’s masterpiece. As Jupither describes in the interview below, her ambition is to pull down decades-old stereotypes embedded in the work and show the people beneath them, revealing the central themes of the opera, the psychology of the characters and a story of our society today.

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