‘Turandot’ is Puccini’s Italian opera in which love conquers ancient China

Turandot is Giacomo Puccini’s Italian opera in which love conquers ancient China. The final scene was composed by Franco Alfano after Puccini’s death in 1924.

Playwright Giuseppe Adami (1878–1946) and journalist Renato Simoni (1875–1952) were librettists.

Love Saves the Day

Turandot tells the story of how a young Italian traveler Calàf must seduce the ice princess of China or be killed like all her other suitors.

Princess Turandot has turned against men and does not want to be married. To win her hand, a suitor must answer three riddles.

  1. What is born each night and dies each dawn? Hope.
  2. What flickers red and warm like a flame, yet is not a flame? Blood.
  3. What is like ice but burns, and if it accepts you as a slave, makes you a king? Turandot.

Calàf answers correctly, but the princess is unconvinced. To engage her, Calàf offers a challenge of his own. If she can guess his name by dawn, he will give up his life.

The princess keeps the city awake all night and tortures to death a slave girl who knows his name, but won’t speak. Alone for a moment with Turandot, Calàf kisses her. A simple touch breaks down the ice queen, so Calàf tells her his name.

Before the emperor, Turandot announces that she knows his name. It is love.

The opera premiered at La Scala in Milan in 1926. It premiered at the Met the same year.

Turandot 2017 – 2018

The Metropolitan Opera performs Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center fifteen times between October 12, 2017 and April 5, 2018.

In October and November, Oksana Dyka is Turandot and Aleksandrs Antonenko is Calàf, and Carlo Rizzi conducts.

In March and April, Martina Serafin is Turandot, Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez is Calàf, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

This is Franco Zeffirelli’s production.

October 2017

Thursday, October 12 at 8 pm OPENING NIGHT

Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 21 at 8 pm

Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 28 at 8 pm

Tuesday, October 31 at 7:30 pm

November 2017

Saturday, November 4 at 1 pm

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 11 at 8 pm

Thursday, November 16 at 8 pm

March 2018

Argentine tenor Marcelo Àlvarez sings Calàf.

Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 24 at 1 pm

Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 31 at 8:30pm

April 2018

Thursday, April 5 at 8pm CLOSING NIGHT

Turandot Tickets

Tickets start at $25

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