Turandot: Monday 17 February 2014, 7.30pm
Andrei Serban’s staging of Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama.
‘I will win’ exclaims Prince Calaf as he boldly sets out to thaw the heart of the ice princess Turandot. In the final months of his life Puccini struggled to depict Calaf’s triumph: he died before finishing the final act. Turandot was completed by Franco Alfano two years later and given its premiere in 1926 at La Scala, Milan. During this initial performance the conductor Arturo Toscanini famously laid down his baton in Act III, declaring ‘at this point, the Maestro died’. Turandot has gone on to have great worldwide success.
Access restrictions on 17 February
The Royal Opera House is hosting the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 on 16 February. Owing to the scale of the event, Bow Street will be closed to all traffic from 13 to 17 February 2014. We recommend those patrons who cannot walk long distances are dropped off either at the corner of Bow Street and Floral Street, or the junction between Wellington Street and Russell Street.