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Turandot

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Turandot

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseJune 24 – August 28, 2015
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Wed 24.6.15
7:30 PM
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Sat 27.6.15
7:30 PM
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Tue 30.6.15
7:30 PM
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Sat 4.7.15
7:30 PM
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Fri 10.7.15
7:30 PM
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Wed 15.7.15
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Sat 18.7.15
7:30 PM
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Sat 25.7.15
1:00 PM
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Tue 28.7.15
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Fri 31.7.15
7:30 PM
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Wed 5.8.15
7:30 PM
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Sat 8.8.15
1:00 PM
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Wed 12.8.15
7:30 PM
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Sun 16.8.15
2:00 PM
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Wed 19.8.15
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Sat 22.8.15
7:30 PM
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Tue 25.8.15
7:30 PM
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Fri 28.8.15
7:30 PM
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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)
Benjamin Northey
Director Graeme Murphy
Associate Director Kim Walker
Set & Costume Designer Kristian Fredrikson
Choreographer Graeme Murphy
Lighting Designer John Drummond Montgomery
Assistant Director Matthew Barclay
   
Turandot Lise Lindstrom (until 31 July)
Zara Barrett
Calaf Yonghoon Lee (until 31 July)
Rosario La Spina
Liù Hyeseoung Kwon (until 31 July)
Daria Masiero
Timur Jud Arthur (until 31 July)
Pelham Andrews
Ping Luke Gabbedy
Pang Graeme Macfarlane
Pong John Longmuir
Mandarin Gennadi Dubinsky
Emperor Benjamin Rasheed
Handmaiden 1 Leah Thomas
Handmaiden 2 Katherine Wiles
Prince of Persia Jin Tea Kim

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Opera Australia Chorus


Running time: approximately 2 hours & 40 minutes, including two 20-minute intervals.

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

The StoryHide

Turandot is a beautiful and brutal princess, who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. No one has ever succeeded. 

Calaf is a brave, selfish prince from a different land, who watches the princess behead a rival suitor and falls instantly in love. 

Despite the wishes of his exiled father and the pleas of a slave-girl who loves him, he rings the gong and declares his suit to the princess.

She presents her riddles, and in triumph, the unknown prince answers. Turandot despairs and the prince takes pity - offering the ice-cold princess a riddle of his own. But Calaf's riddle does not risk his own life - it is everyone else's that hang in the balance.