Turandot

Giacomo Puccini

Turandot

Upcoming Performances

Thursday

Apr 9 at 7:30 PM

Monday

Apr 13 at 7:30 PM

Friday

Apr 17 at 8 PM

Tuesday

Apr 21 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Apr 25 at 1 PM

Overview

Two of opera’s most thrilling dramatic sopranos, Christine Goerke and Nina Stemme, reprise their fierce portrayals of the title princess. Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Carlo Rizzi take the podium to conduct Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of Puccini’s final masterpiece, which also features tenors Yusif Eyvazov and Riccardo Massi as Calàf, sopranos Eleonora Buratto and Hibla Gerzmava as Liù, and bass-baritone James Morris as Timur.

Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington

Revival a gift of Viking Cruises

 

Languages

Languages sung in Turandot

Sung In

Italian

Titles

Title languages displayed for Turandot

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Timeline

Timeline for the show, Turandot

Estimated Run Time

3 hrs 10 mins

  • House Opens

  • Act I

    35 mins

  • Intermission

    40 mins

  • Act II

    45 mins

  • Intermission

    30 mins

  • Act III

    40 mins

  • Opera Ends

Turandot

World premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1926. Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi. Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody. The unenviable task of completing the opera’s final scene upon Puccini’s sudden death was left to the composer Franco Alfano. Conductor Arturo Toscanini oversaw Alfano’s contribution and led the world premiere.

Creators

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) was immensely popular in his own lifetime, and his mature works remain staples in the repertory of most of the world’s opera companies. Franco Alfano (1875–1954) wrote nine operas, of which Cyrano de Bergerac (1936) is still occasionally performed today. The librettists for Turandot were the playwright Giuseppe Adami (1878–1946), who had previously worked with Puccini on Il Tabarro and La Rondine, and the journalist Renato Simoni (1875–1952).

PRODUCTION

Franco Zeffirelli

SET DESIGNER

Franco Zeffirelli

COSTUME DESIGNERS

Anna Anni and Dada Saligeri

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Gil Wechsler

CHOREOGRAPHER

Chiang Ching

Headshot of Giacomo Puccini

COMPOSER

Giacomo Puccini

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Setting

Turandot

In Gozzi’s play, the original commedia dell’arte characters wandered from Italy to China and were members of the Imperial court. Their comments satirized Venetian politics and mores of the times. Puccini and his librettists dispensed with any such relevance. The China of this opera, set in “legendary times,” is a mythic realm viewed from the exoticizing perspective of 20th-century Europeans.

Turandot

Music

The large Turandot orchestra calls for a wide variety of instruments, including alto saxophones, celesta, bass xylophone, harps, and an organ. There are several genuine Chinese themes that are integrated into the score in a suave and brilliantly original manner, including the big imperial anthem in Act II. The opera also contains moments of sheer melodic beauty in Puccini’s most lyrical vein, most notably in the tenor’s unforgettable song of triumph, “Nessun dorma,” which opens Act III.