Turandot - Opera - Season 23/24 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Turandot

    Giacomo Puccini

    Opéra Bastille - from 06 to 29 November 2023

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Turandot

Opéra Bastille - from 06 to 29 November 2023

Opera

Turandot

Giacomo Puccini

Opéra Bastille - from 06 to 29 November 2023

2h30 with 1 interval

Language : Italian

Surtitle : French / English

  • Opening night : 6 Nov. 2023

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In Peking, a princess renowned for her beauty submits her suitors to three riddles. The prince who manages to solve them will win her hand and the throne. Alas, so far, all have failed and suffered the implacable punishment: death. Will young Calaf succeed? Inspired by Carlo Gozzi's fable, itself drawing on several sources including the Thousand and One Nights, Puccini's last opera revives the oriental atmosphere already present in Madama Butterfly. But in 1924, the year in which the composer died leaving his score unfinished, his writing had grown in modernity, without losing any of its melodic inspiration, as illustrated by the famous aria "Nessun dorma". The references to Asia could not fail to appeal to Robert Wilson, whose aesthetic draws on Japanese Noh theatre. His sparse staging, interspersed with touches of commedia dell'arte, offers striking and hypnotic images.

CHARACTERS

Turandot: Princess of China
Altoum:  Emperor of China, her father
Timur:  Exiled king of Tartary
Calaf:  The “unknown prince”, his son
Liù:  Slave girl, Timur’s guide
Ping: Grand Chancellor of China
Pang:  Grand Master of provisions
Pong:  Grand Master of the Imperial kitchens
  • Opening
  • First part 80 mn
  • Intermission 30 mn
  • Second part 40 mn
  • End

Media coverage

  • Bob Wilson and Gustavo Dudamel bewitch Puccini's Turandot at the Paris Opera.

    Diapason
  • With a wonderful production, and a flamboyant orchestral direction, the latest Paris Opera creation celebrates Puccini's work, the singers and the choirs.

    Artistikrezo, 2021
  • As usual, Robert Wilson and his team and his team have created a show of striking beauty.

    Les Echos
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Turandot (saison 21/22) - Acte 3 (Gwyn Hughes Jones et Elena Pankratova)

Turandot (saison 21/22) - Acte 3 (Gwyn Hughes Jones et Elena Pankratova)

Turandot (saison 21/22) - Acte 3 ( Guanqun Yu, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Alessio Arduini)

Turandot (saison 21/22) - Acte 3 ( Guanqun Yu, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Alessio Arduini)

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    Draw-me Turandot

  • Turandot, a cruel beauty

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    Turandot, a cruel beauty

Draw-me Turandot

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Draw-me Turandot

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By Octave

25 years after directing Madama Butterfly, today still one of the most acclaimed productions in the Opera’s repertoire, Robert Wilson returns to Puccini, this time with Turandot, the Italian composer’s final masterpiece. The pared down minimalist sets and the lighting compositions, so quintessential to the director’s perspective, lend themselves perfectly to the saga of the cruel Princess, daughter of the emperor of an immemorial China. The production is built as a series of tableaux, each borrowed directly from Noh theatre whose ritualised gestures magnify group scenes or bring a hint of burlesque as is the case with the comic trio, Ping, Pang and Pong.

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Turandot, a cruel beauty

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Turandot, a cruel beauty

Interview with Gustavo Dudamel

By Marion Mirande

For his first production as Music Director of the Paris Opera, Gustavo Dudamel conducts Puccini's Turandot. Absent from our stages for nearly twenty years, the Italian master's final work is a repertoire masterpiece, as rich orchestrally as it is demanding for its performers.    


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