Giacomo Puccini: TurandotTeatro alla Scala, Milan

137 min

Available until 03/11/2024

To mark the centenary of the death of Puccini (1858-1924), La Scala’s programming for this season includes the composer’s last opera, Turandot, which had its world premiere at La Scala in Milan in 1926. This new production, directed by Davide Livermore, who is renowned for his innovative staging, features a first-rate cast starring Anna Netrebko in the title role, conducted by Michele Gamba.

Set in an imaginary China, Turandot tells the story of a princess whose beauty is matched only by her cruelty. She submits three riddles to her suitors, who flock from all over the world in the hope of marrying her. Only the one who can solve all three riddles will win her hand in marriage. Those who fail will be condemned to death and be beheaded. Calaf – the son of the King of Tartary – falls under the spell of the cruel princess. Will he be able to rise to the challenge?

Renowned the world over for her brilliant interpretations of the most demanding female operatic roles, Anna Netrebko confirms her affection for Milanese audiences by reprising for this new production the title role she first performed in 2020 on the stage of the Munich opera house. By her side in the role of Prince Calaf is Yusif Eyvazov, whose tenor voice brings to life the opera’s most famous aria, Nessun Dorma, a hymn to love and determination that is testament to the genius of Puccini.

Turandot is a masterpiece of dramatic intensity, showcasing the incredible melodic inventiveness of the composer, who died in 1924 leaving his score unfinished. This new production at La Scala in Milan features the original version of the finale by Franco Alfano, who was commissioned by Toscanini to complete the score, based on notes left by Puccini.

With

  • Anna Netrebko

  • Raúl Giménez

  • Vitalij Kowaljow

  • Yusif Eyvazov

  • Rosa Feola

  • Sung-Hwan Damien Park

  • Chuan Wang

  • Jinxu Xiahou

  • Adriano Gramigni

Composer

Giacomo Puccini

Director

Davide Livermore

Music director

Michele Gamba

Orchestra

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala

Choir director

Alberto Malazzi

Choir

  • Coro di Voci Bianche dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala

  • Coro del Teatro alla Scala

Costumes

Mariana Fracasso

Lighting

Antonio Castro

Director

Anna Gettel

Country

  • France

  • Italy

Year

2024

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