18 September 2013 at 1.25pm | Comment on this article
The Royal Opera's Turandot opened the 2013/14 Cinema Season last night and as well as stunning performances, costumes and sets; the evening featured behind the scenes glimpses in the intervals. In case you missed them, or would like a taster of the added extras enjoyed by our cinema audience, here they are to watch again:
An introduction to Turandot
Andrei Serban's production premiered at the Los Angeles Cultural Olympiad in 1984, just 58 years after the original which was completed by Franco Alfano after Puccini's death. Watch Music Director of The Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano introduce both the work and Serban's production, including exclusive footage of rehearsals and intervals with the cast and creative team:
Behind the Masks: Turandot's henchmen
Though the main characters are given some of Puccini's finest arias, and the chorus a masterpiece, there's a special place in Turandot for the Princess's henchmen: Ping, Pong and Pang. The trio serve as narrators within the production, and are complex characters that mix humour, deep humanity and darkness. 'They're not bad guys, they're just doing bad work... For comprimario tenors, it's some of the most satisfying music we will ever get to sing. It's something to play and something beautiful to sing at he same time,' says Doug Jones who plays Pong.
Find out more about the 2013/14 Cinema Season. The next live relay is The Royal Ballet's Don Quixote on 16 October. Let us know what you think of our cinema interval films in the comment section below.