Your alternative opera endings
Inspired by Turandot - completed by another composer after Puccini's death - we asked which opera endings you'd re-write.
28 August 2013 at 3.13pm | 4 Comments
Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot was the composer’s final opera – he died in 1924 before it could be completed. The opera eventually had its premiere in 1926, one year and five months after Puccini’s death, completed by Franco Alfano. Halfway through the third act the orchestra rested and conductor Arturo Toscanini turned to the audience announcing, ‘Here the opera ends, because at this point the maestro died’, before the performance segued into Alfano’s ending.
Prior to the return to Covent Garden of Andrei Serban’s Royal Opera production we asked our Twitter following what opera endings they would amend given the chance, and what they would add or take away:
@RoyalOperaHouse Captain Vere and Billy Budd desert, row to Jersey and open a nice B&B.
— Alex Fleetwood (@ammonite) August 27, 2013
The Royal Opera’s Turandot runs from 9 – 28 September 2013 and 17 February – 10 March 2014. Tickets are still available.
Turandot will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 17 September 2013.
The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.