When Pavarotti sang out the top B in Puccini’s ‘Nessun dorma’ across a huge crowd at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, the world collectively held its breath. A generation of football fans were learning what opera was all about – music that can transport you to another world, another place, a place where emotion wells up inside you at the sound of a single note.
“Vincerò”, the tenor cries – “I will win! I will WIN!”
Truthfully, few of the millions of people who watched that broadcast had an inkling of what the power of that music can be. Few had seen Turandot – Puccini’s opera about a brutal princess and an impossibly brave suitor, who will make any sacrifice to win her love.
Turandot is a fantasy opera of poetry and myth, set in an exotic world where fear and love go hand in hand and death is always just around the corner. ‘Nessun dorma’ is just one of its magnificent moments.
After astounding audiences in last year’s Tosca, Yonghoon Lee will sing that glorious aria as Calaf, with Lise Lindstrom, the most famous Turandot of our time.
Christian Badea returns to Australia to conduct following his success with Otello.
As the moon rises, a death cry wails through imperial Peking. Torture and death mean nothing. Freedom from possession means everything. Will the Princess win again?
|Conductor||Christian Badea (until 31 July)
|Associate Director||Kim Walker|
|Set & Costume Designer||Kristian Fredrikson|
|Lighting Designer||John Drummond Montgomery|
|Turandot||Lise Lindstrom (until 31 July)
|Calaf||Yonghoon Lee (until 31 July)
Rosario La Spina
|Liù||Hyeseoung Kwon (until 31 July)
|Handmaiden 1||Leah Thomas|
|Handmaiden 2||Katherine Wiles|
|Prince of Persia||Jin Tea Kim|
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 40 minutes, including two 20-minute intervals.
Performed in Italian with English surtitles.