MET OPERA LIVE IN HD: TURANDOT
2015-2016 HD OPERA SEASON
MARCH 1, 2014 @ 12:55 PM
RUN TIME: 3 HRS 15 MIN
Nina Stemme takes on the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand, opposite Marco Berti as Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. Anita Hartig and Leah Crocetto share the role of Liù, the faithful slave girl. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.
World premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, April 1926. Met and U.S. premiere: November 16, 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.
Text courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera website: http://www.metopera.org
CONDUCTOR: Paolo Carignani
PRODUCTION: Franco Zeffirelli
CAST: Nina Stemme, Marcelo Álvarez
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