Puccini’s Turandot to be broadcast live in cinemas on Tuesday 17 September
Musical highlights, production photos and behind-the-scenes info ahead of the live screening.
Andrei Serban’s production of Puccini’s dark fairytale is one of The Royal Opera’s most spectacular productions and since its premiere at the Cultural Olympiad in Los Angeles in 1984, has been performed almost 100 times.
Turandot was Puccini’s final opera. He died before its completion and it was left to Franco Alfano to complete the final act. The finished work was staged for the first time in 1926 at La Scala in Milan; during the performance, conductor Arturo Toscanini famously lay down his baton in Act III before declaring, ‘at this point, the Maestro died’. Find out more about the piece with our Opera Essentials guide.
The opera follows the story of Prince Calaf and his attempts to win the heart of the beautiful but defiant Princess Turandot. A Chinese fable about gambling with life and love, Turandot was inspired by Puccini’s fascination with the Far East. Sally Jacob’s designs, a pageant of theatricality and colour, bring all the exoticism of China to Covent Garden. Find out more about how such fantastical sets and scenery are kept fresh.
In his final days Puccini wrote some of his most famous and passionate arias. Romantic and compelling, Turandot owes much of its enduring appeal to the power of the music. It includes one of the biggest show-stoppers in all opera, ‘Nessun Dorma’, as well as some highly charged numbers for the chorus. Read more about a shiver-down-the-spine musical moment in Turandot.
Star soprano Lise Lindstrom makes her Royal Opera House debut in this year’s production of Turandot, singing the fiendishly difficult title role, while acclaimed Italian tenor Marco Berti sings the role of Calaf. Henrik Nánási conducts.
Read audience reactionsto the opening night of Turandot. Following the cinema screening, we will publish a round-up of tweets so let us know your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHturandot.
Over the course of the 2013/14 Season, Royal Opera House productions will be screened live in over 1,000 cinemas in 38 countries. Find out more about this Season’s programme and find a screening near you.