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TURANDOT

Giacomo Puccini
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New Production

Single tickets on sale – Monday, August 26, 2019 
Opera Under 30 tickets on sale – Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Turandot’s beauty is matched only by her cruelty. To her admirers, she offers a deadly game: solve three riddles and win her hand in marriage. Answer incorrectly and die by the executioner’s blade. As the latest suitor is beheaded before a stunned crowd, a stranger steps forward to accept the challenge, hiding a riddle of his own.

The most ambitious and dazzling opera of Puccini’s career is reimagined in a new production by legendary director Robert Wilson, “a towering figure in the world of experimental theater.” The New York Times.

Performances

Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 19 at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m.


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Details

On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

Performance time is approximately two hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission.

Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM




CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS

Conductor Carlo Rizzi
Director Robert Wilson
Co-Director Nicola Panzer 
Set Designers Robert Wilson & Stephanie Engeln
Costume Designer Jacques Reynaud
Lighting Designers Robert Wilson & John Torres
Make-up Designer Manu Halligan
Projection Designer Tomek Jeziorski
Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst


Turandot Tamara Wilson/Marjorie Owens*
Calaf Sergey Skorokhodov/Kamen Chanev*
Liù Joyce El-Khoury***/Vanessa Vasquez**
Timur David Leigh/Önay Köse*
Ping Adrian Timpau
Pang Julius Ahn
Pong Joseph Hu
Emperor Altoum Adrian Thompson
The Mandarin Joel Allison
The Prince of Persia Matthew Cairns

*Oct. 23, 25, 2019
**Oct. 15, 17, 23, 25, 2019
***Sept. 28, Oct. 4, 9, 19, 27, 2019

New COC co-production with Teatro Real Madrid, Houston Grand Opera and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Vilnius

With the COC Orchestra & Chorus, and the Canadian Children’s Opera Company

Synopsis

SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

Avenging the cruel fate of an ancestor, Princess Turandot sets three riddles for any suitor looking to win her hand. If they answer incorrectly, they die. Upon seeing Turandot, Calaf, an exiled prince, immediately falls in love with her and demands a chance to solve the riddles. After solving all three riddles, Calaf offers his life if Turandot can discover his name by the next morning. To find out his name, Turandot tortures the slave Liù, who loves Calaf but Liù dies silent. Finally realizing what love really is, Turandot is transformed in character and gladly accepts Calaf: for “his name is love”.

SYNOPSIS

ACT I

A Mandarin reads to a crowd an edict stating that any prince wishing to marry Princess Turandot must first answer three riddles. If he fails he will be executed. Her latest suitor, the Prince of Persia, has failed the test, and will be executed that evening. In the crowd, Calaf recognizes his long-lost father, Timur, the vanquished king of Tartary, who is cared for by the faithful slave-girl Liù. When the Prince of Persia is led in, Turandot orders the execution to proceed. Calaf is moved by the beauty of the unattainable princess. He decides that he will try the test himself, but three Imperial Ministers, Ping, Pang and Pong, attempt to dissuade him, as do Timur and Liù. Determined to win Turandot, he strikes the gong and calls her name.

ACT II

Ping, Pang and Pong review the endless cycle of executions they have witnessed since Turandot first issued her decree and hope that love will at last soften Turandot’s heart. The Emperor, tired of the needless deaths, vainly asks Calaf to reconsider his challenge.  Turandot proclaims that she has devoted her life to vengeance against men because her ancestor, Princess Lou Ling, was murdered by a prince. She asks Calaf the questions, and he replies to all three riddles correctly. The princess begs her father not to give her to the strange man who has solved the riddles, and Calaf proposes another challenge: if Turandot can guess his name by morning, he will forfeit his life; if not, she must marry him. Turandot accepts these terms. 

ACT III

Turandot proclaims that no one in Peking may sleep until the identity of the stranger has been discovered, and Ping, Pang and Pong try unsuccessfully to bribe Calaf to leave the city. A mob threatens Calaf and soldiers seize Timur and Liù. Liù insists that she alone knows the name of the stranger, but when tortured refuses to reveal it and commits suicide. Alson with Calaf, Turandot finally lets down her guard and melts into his arms. To the populace she announces that the stranger’s name is “Love,” and joyfully accepts him as her husband.

GALLERY


Production photos from Turandot (Teatro Real de Madrid, 2018), photos:  Javier del Real

Listen



Puccini’s Turandot. Joan Sutherland (Turandot), Luciano Pavarotti (Calaf), Montserrat Caballé (Liù). Zubin Mehta, conductor, with the London Philharmonia Orchestra, 1973. Decca

  • On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

    Performance time is approximately two hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission.

    Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM



    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS

    Conductor Carlo Rizzi
    Director Robert Wilson
    Co-Director Nicola Panzer 
    Set Designers Robert Wilson & Stephanie Engeln
    Costume Designer Jacques Reynaud
    Lighting Designers Robert Wilson & John Torres
    Make-up Designer Manu Halligan
    Projection Designer Tomek Jeziorski
    Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst


    Turandot Tamara Wilson/Marjorie Owens*
    Calaf Sergey Skorokhodov/Kamen Chanev*
    Liù Joyce El-Khoury***/Vanessa Vasquez**
    Timur David Leigh/Önay Köse*
    Ping Adrian Timpau
    Pang Julius Ahn
    Pong Joseph Hu
    Emperor Altoum Adrian Thompson
    The Mandarin Joel Allison
    The Prince of Persia Matthew Cairns

    *Oct. 23, 25, 2019
    **Oct. 15, 17, 23, 25, 2019
    ***Sept. 28, Oct. 4, 9, 19, 27, 2019

    New COC co-production with Teatro Real Madrid, Houston Grand Opera and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Vilnius

    With the COC Orchestra & Chorus, and the Canadian Children’s Opera Company

  • SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

    Avenging the cruel fate of an ancestor, Princess Turandot sets three riddles for any suitor looking to win her hand. If they answer incorrectly, they die. Upon seeing Turandot, Calaf, an exiled prince, immediately falls in love with her and demands a chance to solve the riddles. After solving all three riddles, Calaf offers his life if Turandot can discover his name by the next morning. To find out his name, Turandot tortures the slave Liù, who loves Calaf but Liù dies silent. Finally realizing what love really is, Turandot is transformed in character and gladly accepts Calaf: for “his name is love”.

    SYNOPSIS

    ACT I

    A Mandarin reads to a crowd an edict stating that any prince wishing to marry Princess Turandot must first answer three riddles. If he fails he will be executed. Her latest suitor, the Prince of Persia, has failed the test, and will be executed that evening. In the crowd, Calaf recognizes his long-lost father, Timur, the vanquished king of Tartary, who is cared for by the faithful slave-girl Liù. When the Prince of Persia is led in, Turandot orders the execution to proceed. Calaf is moved by the beauty of the unattainable princess. He decides that he will try the test himself, but three Imperial Ministers, Ping, Pang and Pong, attempt to dissuade him, as do Timur and Liù. Determined to win Turandot, he strikes the gong and calls her name.

    ACT II

    Ping, Pang and Pong review the endless cycle of executions they have witnessed since Turandot first issued her decree and hope that love will at last soften Turandot’s heart. The Emperor, tired of the needless deaths, vainly asks Calaf to reconsider his challenge.  Turandot proclaims that she has devoted her life to vengeance against men because her ancestor, Princess Lou Ling, was murdered by a prince. She asks Calaf the questions, and he replies to all three riddles correctly. The princess begs her father not to give her to the strange man who has solved the riddles, and Calaf proposes another challenge: if Turandot can guess his name by morning, he will forfeit his life; if not, she must marry him. Turandot accepts these terms. 

    ACT III

    Turandot proclaims that no one in Peking may sleep until the identity of the stranger has been discovered, and Ping, Pang and Pong try unsuccessfully to bribe Calaf to leave the city. A mob threatens Calaf and soldiers seize Timur and Liù. Liù insists that she alone knows the name of the stranger, but when tortured refuses to reveal it and commits suicide. Alson with Calaf, Turandot finally lets down her guard and melts into his arms. To the populace she announces that the stranger’s name is “Love,” and joyfully accepts him as her husband.



  • Production photos from Turandot (Teatro Real de Madrid, 2018), photos:  Javier del Real




  • Puccini’s Turandot. Joan Sutherland (Turandot), Luciano Pavarotti (Calaf), Montserrat Caballé (Liù). Zubin Mehta, conductor, with the London Philharmonia Orchestra, 1973. Decca


2019/2020 season creative: BT/A

TURANDOT

Giacomo Puccini
To

New Production

Single tickets on sale – Monday, August 26, 2019 
Opera Under 30 tickets on sale – Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Turandot’s beauty is matched only by her cruelty. To her admirers, she offers a deadly game: solve three riddles and win her hand in marriage. Answer incorrectly and die by the executioner’s blade. As the latest suitor is beheaded before a stunned crowd, a stranger steps forward to accept the challenge, hiding a riddle of his own.

The most ambitious and dazzling opera of Puccini’s career is reimagined in a new production by legendary director Robert Wilson, “a towering figure in the world of experimental theater.” The New York Times.

Performances

Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 19 at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m.


Connect with us on social by using #COC1920 | #COCTurandot | @CanadianOpera

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