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Svetlana AKSENOVA © Svetlana Ignatovich

Puccini Turandot

From 19 June TO 28 June 2024
La Monnaie - Bruxelles

Puccini : Turandot 2h30

Sung in : Italian
  • Conductor
    Kazushi Ono
  • Director
    Christophe Coppens
  • Performers
    Turandot: Svetlana Aksenova
    Calaf: Amadi Lagha
    Liù: Ruth Iniesta
    Timur: Michele Pertusi
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

La Monnaie - Bruxelles Location Place de la Monnaie - 1000 Bruxelles Belgique

  • Venue's Capacity: 1152

The history of La Monnaie, Brussels' famous opera house, dates back to 1695, when, after a large part of the city was bombed by the French, the tresorer of the last Spanish gover nor of the Netherlands obtained permission to construct a theatre on the bared site of a workshop where coins were formerly struck.

In 1700, a production of Lully's ATYS inaugurated the Monnaie stage, where opera and theatre performances were alternatively billed, and where, several years later. Napoleon came to hear the famous Talma recite the lines of Racine's BRITTANICUS. The French Emperor thought of constructing a new building just behind the old one. But Brussels soon fell under the reign of the Dutch King, who took over his plans. The second theatre, inaugurated in 1819, would nonetheless cause the Dutch sovereign quite a few headaches. During a performance of Auber's LA MUETTE BE PORTICI, for example, part of the overcrowded audience assembled in front of the building. The artists encored the opera's famous duo that pledges allegiance to the fatherland, and when the hero sang "To arms!" the crowd burst into the city. It was the 30th of August 1830, and the revolution that would lead to Belgian indépendance had begun.

The present hall was constructed in 1856, after the preceeding building was burnt down by one of the fires that have so often marked the history of European concert halls. From this time on. La Monnaie forged a reputation of being a crossroads of creation and modernity, whose audacious billing compensated that of the more conservative Parisian stage. Verdi, Wagner (heard here as nowhere else outside of Germany) or Bizet's CARMEN (which the French at first shunned), all resounded within the theatre's walls.

Since the beginning of our century, La Monnaie has never hesitated to programme works by such revolutionaries as Stravinsky, Berg, Britten, and Prokofiev, long before other opera houses welcomed them. As of 1960, the theatre's reputation was reinforced by the creation of Maurice Béjart's Twentieth Century Ballet, and consecrated under Gerard Mortier's management (1981-1991).

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Discover Puccini's TURANDOT, a magnficient Operatic tale and book your tickets for Turandot.

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This is an epic opera by Italian master Giacomo Puccini that has been thrilling audiences around the world since its first performance at La Scala in Milan in 1926.
Compelling and adventurous, this three-act opera showcases Puccini's genius as a composer, and includes one of opera's most famous arias 'Nessun Dorma'.
It takes audiences on a journey that combines tragedy, romance and high drama that challenges singers and orchestras alike. Like so many operas, it has to be experienced live.

The action takes place in ancient Peking. Anyone wanting to marry the princess has to answer three riddles. Failure means death for the suitor, and the Prince of Persia pays the price. Prince Calaf correctly answers the riddles. The princess is horrified. Calaf sets her a riddle, which she fails to answer and Calaf becomes the first man to kiss her.

Act 1
The opera opens at the site of the execution of the Prince of Persia who has incorrectly answered the riddles. An old man stumbles. His slave girl, Liu, calls for help. The handsome Prince Calaf picks him up and recognises him as his long-lost father, Timur, a deposed king. A crowd calls for the Prince of Persia's life to be saved but he is executed. Prince Calaf resolves to answer the three riddles himself and his challenge is accepted.

Act 2
Ministers Ping, Pong and Pang tell each other tales of the failed suitors. Trumpets announce the beginning of the latest, Prince Calaf's, chance to answer. The Princess arrives and explains she has turned against all men after the death of her ancestor, a princess brutally murdered. One by one she puts her riddles to Calaf, and she is horrified as he answers each one correctly. She can only escape marriage if she answers Calaf's own riddle: what is his real name.

Act 3
There will be no sleep until the riddle has been answered. If the answer is wrong, everyone will die. Calaf sings Nessun Dorma ("No-one shall sleep"). A mob tries to kill him, then threatens to kill Timur and Liu unless they tell his real name. Liu confesses she knows it and the princess orders her torture. Liu kills herself and the crowd follow her body. Left alone, Calaf says she is the Princess of Death, yet he kisses her. He reveals his name: 'Love'.

Turandot, a Chinese Princess, soprano
Altoum, her father the king, tenor
Timur, a deposed king, bass
Calaf, his son, tenor
Liu, slave girl, soprano
Ping, Pong and Pang, mandarins, baritone and two tenors

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