Puccini’s final opera is a fitting finale to an astonishing career – epic, exciting, full of drama and packed with melodic ingenuity. Written for a cast and orchestra of over 160, this huge work perfomed here in a one-off concert performance features some of the most thrilling music in Italian opera, including ‘the’ tenor aria made so famous by Luciano Pavarotti: ‘Nessun dorma’.
Princess Turandot is beautiful but cold-hearted: wanted by all men but with no desire for a husband. To please her father, she promises to marry whoever can solve her three riddles. To try and fail means execution, and many fail, but to Turandot’s horror, an unknown prince gives three correct answers. He swears to go willingly to his death if she can but guess his name. With the whole city under threat of death unless they reveal his secret, it falls to Liù, a slave girl harbouring a secret passion, to save him from the baying crowd and teach them all the true nature of love.
Bringing the Company to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall for the first time since 2010, Turandot features a wealth of international talent including tenors José Ferrero and Ryland Davies, leading British soprano Claire Rutter and world-famous bass-baritone Sir Willard White. Former Scottish Opera Music Director Francesco Corti conducts.
Also showing: Verdi's Macbeth
Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow 22, 27, 29 Mar
King's Theatre, Edinburgh 8, 10 Apr
Listen to extracts from Turandot:
Popolo di Pekino!
In questa Reggia
Tu che di gel sei cinta
Principessa di morte
Courtesy of Decca Classics www.deccaclassics.com
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta
Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé, Sabin Markov