Turandot

Giacomo Puccini

Turandot

Upcoming Performances

Thursday

Oct 21 at 7 PM

Sunday

Oct 24 at 3 PM

Friday

Oct 29 at 7:30 PM

Tuesday

Nov 2 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Nov 6 at 8:30 PM

Friday

Nov 12 at 7:30 PM

Tuesday

Nov 16 at 7 PM

Saturday

Apr 30 at 8 PM

Tuesday

May 3 at 8 PM

Saturday

May 7 at 1 PM

Wednesday

May 11 at 8 PM

Saturday

May 14 at 8 PM

Overview

Two of today’s most thrilling voices share the title role of the legendary cold-hearted princess: Christine Goerke, the Met’s reigning dramatic soprano, and superstar Anna Netrebko, making her long-awaited Met role debut after providing a hair-raising preview in 2019’s New Year’s Eve Gala. Tenors Yusif Eyvazov and Yonghoon Lee trade off as the bold prince determined to win Turandot’s love, alongside sopranos Gabriella Reyes, Michelle Bradley, and Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liù and bass-baritone James Morris and basses Alexander Tsymbalyuk and Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini’s stirring score.

Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington

Revival a gift of Viking

Read the program note for Turandot, which includes a discussion of the opera’s cultural insensitivities.

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 15 mins

  • House Opens

  • Act I

    35 mins

  • Intermission

    40 mins

  • Act II

    45 mins

  • Intermission

    30 mins

  • Act III

    45 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

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.

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.

Turandot