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At The Opera, Puccini: Turandot - September 14, 2013


Turandot is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano, set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni.

Though Puccini's first interest in the subject was based on his reading of Friedrich Schiller's adaptation of the play, his work is most nearly based on the earlier text Turandot by Carlo Gozzi. The original story is based on the epic Turan-Dokht from the book Haft-Peykar, work of 12th-century Persian poet Nizami. The opera's story is set in China and involves 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: he agrees to die should she be able to guess his real name.

The opera was unfinished at the time of Puccini's death in 1924, and was completed by Franco Alfano in 1926. The first performance was held at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on April 25, 1926 and conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

This live 1977 recording from The SF Opera stars Montserrat Caballe and Luciano Pavarotti. Riccardo Chailly conducts.

 
Saturday, September 14, 2013

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:08p
Giacomo Puccini: Turandot + Interview and Bonus Turandot tracks from Vienna 1961 - San Francisco Opera; Riccardo Chailly, conductor; Caballe/Pavarotti/Mitchell/Tozzi; Label: Gala FindBUY
11:00p
11:20p
W.A. Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail: Constanze... O Wie Angstlich - - Vienna State Opera; Karl Alwin, conductor; Richard Tauber; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:25p
G. Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Tornami A Dir - Staatskapelle Berlin; Erna Berger/Gino Sinimberghi; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:28p
Giordano: Andrea Chenier; Nemico della Partria ; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:33p
Francesco Cilea: L'Arlesiana: Come Due Tizzi Accesi - La Scala; Umberto Berrettoni, conductor; Tito Gobbi; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:37p
G. Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Cheti, Cheti, Immantinente ; Alberto Erede, conductor; Mariano Stabile/Martin Lawrence; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:43p
Charles Gounod: Faust: O Sainte Medaille... Avant De Quitter Ces Lieux - ; Lawrence Tibbett; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:56p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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