Friday | Apr. 27, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday | Apr. 29, 2018 | 2:30 p.m.
Giacomo Puccini’s final and most musically adventuresome opera – a sweeping saga of pride, passion and devotion. This is the legendary fable of a princess whose beauty men literally died to woo. Turandot – which includes the world’s most loved tenor aria, “Nessun dorma” – is a distinctive finale to Puccini’s career, combining and perfecting all that was great in his art. Set in ancient China, the Princess Turandot requires any suitor to answer correctly three riddles. If he fails, he must die. Calaf sees Turandot and falls immediately and deeply in love, accepting the challenge of the three riddles. He answers each riddle correctly, infuriating the princess. Calaf tells her that if she discovers his name before daylight, he will accept death instead of marrying her. Only Liù, the slave girl who secretly loves Calaf, knows his true name. The slave girl Liù sings of her love in “Tu che di gel sei cinta”, and Turandot tortures her more until finally Liù takes her own life to save Calaf. Calaf reproaches Turandot for her cruelty, then with a passionate kiss reveals his name to the princess, placing his fate in her hands. When Turandot is asked for Calaf’s name, chastened by emotion, she replies simply: “Love.”
Sung in Italian with English titles projected above the stage.