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Your alternative opera endings

Inspired by Turandot - completed by another composer after Puccini's death - we asked which opera endings you'd re-write.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

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:







Turandot runs from 5 July–16 July 2017. Tickets are still available.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

28 August 2013 at 3.13pm

This article has been categorised Opera, Uncategorised and tagged by Andrei Serban, giacomo puccini, Production, Social Media, turandot, twitter

This article has 4 comments

  1. Alice Poulsen responded on 30 August 2013 at 6:58pm Reply

    Turandot - I would just LOVE it if the Opera mafia would allow the excellent Mercurio ending to be used - more true to the opera and composer than anything else.

  2. Cel responded on 31 August 2013 at 1:32am Reply

    Brunnhilde and Hagen get together and rule the world. Siegfried and Gutrune become boring suburbanites. Gunther has a vassal or two move into the Gibichung Hall.

  3. I thought that in the first performance of Turandot there was no segue into Alfano's ending -- the music just stopped at the end of Puccini's. The premiere of the ending came the next night. Or so Wikipedia says anyway.

    I'd love to see the other endings to Turandot on stage. But I think it's an exceptional case. For operas entirely written by the original composer, I personally wouldn't change anything. We restage operas in a way that doesn't necessarily reflect the original intent enough already. That's said as a relative newcomer though, I'm sure once you've seen an opera a hundred times putting it a different context is very engaging -- it can just be confusing for first-timers.

  4. Naomi Quant responded on 17 September 2013 at 9:31pm Reply

    Die Zauberflote - mother and daughter reunited so Pamina doesn't have to live at the mercy of men in a misogynistic Masonic world.

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