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Amber Wagner

Puccini Turandot

From 25 March TO 05 April 2020
Teatro dell'Opera - Roma
Program

Puccini : Turandot

Sung in : Italian
Cast
  • Conductor
    Alejo Pérez
  • Director
    Ai Weiwei
  • Performers
    Turandot: Amber Wagner
    Turandot: Anna Pirozzi
    Calaf: Gregory Kunde
    Calaf: Arsen Soghomonyan
    Liù: Francesca Dotto
    Liù: N.N.
    Timur: Marco Spotti
    Timur: Antonio Di Matteo
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Teatro dell'Opera - Roma Location Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 7 - 00187 Roma Italie

  • Venue's Capacity: 1400

The Venue's History in few words …

Even though there is proof that an opéra performance took place in Rome as early as 1606, (Agazzari's EUMELIO), the Pope's ban on théâtre and opéra performances was for many years an obstacle in the local development of opéra. In spite of the fact that a public opéra théâtre was inaugurated in 1697, no major composer was linked with the papal city until the opening of the présent opéra house in 1880. Opéra in Rome was far from inexistent during the nineteenth century: Rossini came to première his BARBER OF SEVILLE at the Teatro Argentina in 1816, and Verdi four of his works, including II TROVATORE (1853) and UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (1859) at the Teatro Apollo.

But in 1877, the city that had in the meantime become the capital of Italy was still without a modem opéra house. Domenico Costanzi, who had made a fortune in the hôtel business, had the good idea of bequeathing his name to the Eternal City by funding the construction of an opéra house, which was opened three years later. Roman operatic life was thus revived, and, from 1880 to 1926, the Teatro Costanzi hosted no less than 46 world premières and 120 Roman premières. Thèse premières, ail signed by Italian composers, included triumphant performances of Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Puccini's TOSCA. Furthermore, it was here that the Roman public discovered PARSIFAL in 1884, while Toscanini made his Roman début in the house's pit, conducting... CARMEN. In 1926. the théâtre fell into the hands of the fascist state, which renovated and modernized the building. When the house reopened two years later, rebaptized "Teatro Reale dell'Opera", the tradition of "national"premières was of course pursued, and one could hear composers such as Respighi and Malipiero, as weil as Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, and even Berg's WOZZECK in 1942. In 1937, the now famous open-air summer concerts were inaugurated in the Caracalla thermal baths.

In 1946, the institution adopted the name of Teatro dell'Opera and interna-tionalized its répertoire, while remaining faithful to contemporary music, as works by composers such as Britten, Honegger, Hindemith, Janâcek, and Henze were performed. It was also on this stage that Renata Tebaldi was applauded in 1948, and Maria Callas (in the rôle of Kundry in PARSIFAL!) in 1949. In spite offinancial difficulties, the house's artistic directors have, during these last few décades, deftly managed to keep alive the creativity and the luster of the Roman stage.

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Synopsis

Turandot

TURANDOT A MAGNIFICENT OPERATIC TALE
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.

HISTORY
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'.

MAIN ROLES
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

Teatro dell'Opera © Silvia Lelli

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