Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Turandot (opera)

The new Royal Opera House live cinema season for 2013/2014 starts on the 17th of September - that's this Tuesday coming. There are five operas and five ballets in the season and the first will be the opera Turandot. The broadcast has a three hour duration including two intervals.

Turandot was Puccini’s final opera – a tale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and powerful, triumphant love. Prince Calàf, who falls in love with the cold Princess Turandot. To obtain permission to marry her, a suitor has to solve three riddles; any false answer results in death. Calàf passes the test, but Turandot still hesitates to marry him. He offers her a way out, agreeing to die if she can guess his real name.

The dark tale has an Oriental setting and the design of this production, by Sally Jacobs, has been inspired by traditional Chinese theatre. It has been directed by Andrei Serban and the orchestra will be conducted by Henrik Nanasi. Turandot will be sung by Lise Lindstrom, Prince Calaf is Marco Berti and Alasdair Elliott will be Altoum.

Cineworld, Tue 17th Sep, 19:15.
Tickets, adult £17.90, concession £14.20, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person in the foyer.