Set in China’s Imperial City, Puccini’s spectacular masterpiece recounts the legend of a bloodthirsty princess whose icy, vengeful heart softens as she comes to know true love. The lyrical and sweeping score features many memorable melodies, including the popular tenor aria “Nessun dorma.” Stunning pageantry, passionate confrontations, the famous riddle scene, and one of opera’s most powerful kisses make Turandot a monumental achievement not to be missed.
In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes, with 2 intermissions
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Our new preview video of Turandot dress rehearsal footage (complete with full orchestra & chorus) showcases the stunning pageantry, memorable melodies, and passionate performances of this monumental new-to-Seattle production.
In our latest behind-the-scenes video, French-Canadian production team Barbe & Doucet discuss the very human story at the heart of this colorful spectacle and explain what opera has in common with haute couture. Includes footage of cast members in rehearsal.
Maestro Asher Fisch demonstrates how the music of Turandot expanded the European classical tradition. Discover how Puccini used exotic Chinese and Persian scales to infuse Turandot with color, drama, and excitement; while remaining true to western harmonies to convey its heartfelt emotion. Includes rehearsal footage of the Seattle Opera Chorus and Childrens’ Chorus.
Sit in on a conversation between General Director Speight Jenkins and opera enthusiast Dr. David Brunelle about Puccini’s final masterpiece. Topics include correct pronunciation of the title, who is the real heroine of the piece, and what makes “Nessun Dorma” the most popular aria in the world today.
Preview the spectacular new production of Turandot coming to Seattle Opera this August. This teaser trailer includes footage and stills from Puccini's exotic extravaganza, accompanied by the opera's signature "Nessun dorma" tenor aria.
Soprano Lori Phillips portrays the princess Turandot on opening night, and Italian tenor Antonello Palombi returns to Seattle as the determined Calaf, who seeks her love.
See some of the artists who will star in Turandot, Puccini’s extravagant final masterpiece, when Seattle Opera presents it for the first time in over 15 years.
In this grand love story, set in legendary China, Prince Calaf is so stunned by Turandot’s beauty, he risks his life to win the cruel princess’ heart.
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