15 July 2017 at 8.00am | 43 Comments
The Royal Opera’s Turandot was relayed live to BP Big Screens around the UK and streamed via YouTube on 14 July. It was available to watch on demand for a further 30 days afterwards.
The opera, set in ancient China, tells the story of Princess Turandot, who has sworn that no man shall marry her unless he can correctly answer three riddles. Prince Calaf, captivated by Turandot’s beauty, takes up the challenge.
Turandot contains one of the most famous of all arias, ‘Nessun dorma’, sung as Calaf anticipates winning the Princess’s hand – immortalized in popular culture by Luciano Pavarotti.
Andrei Serban’s spectacular staging transports its audience to a beautiful but savage world. Sally Jacobs’s colourful sets and costumes are inspired by ancient Chinese culture, reflecting the traditional Chinese melodies woven into the score.
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