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At The Opera, Puccini: Turandot, July 5, 2014


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 wrong answer results in death. Calàf passes the test, but Turandot still refuses to marry him. He offers her a way out: if she is able to learn his name before dawn the next day, then at daybreak he will die.

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 1972 recording stars Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. Zubin Mehta conducts.

 
Saturday, July 05, 2014

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor FindBUY FindBUY
8:08p
Puccini: Turandot London Philharmonic; Zubin Mehta, conductor FindBUY
10:00p
10:39p
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo, opera: Act 4: 'Sì!... per sempre!' ; Eliahu Inbal, conductor FindBUY
10:42p
Ponchielli: La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Act 2: Cielo e Mar from Aria 2: Passion for Opera; composed by Ponchielli FindBUY FindBUY
10:46p
Leonard Bernstein: Candide excerpts from Candide (1956 Original Broadway Cast); composed by Leonard Bernstein FindBUY
11:00p
11:43p
Boito: Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Act 1: Dai Campi, Dai Prati from Aria 2: Passion for Opera; composed by Boito FindBUY FindBUY
11:45p
Handle: Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Act 1: Ombra Mai Fu (Largo) from Aria 2: Passion for Opera; composed by Handle FindBUY FindBUY
11:48p
Donizetti: La favorita, opera: Spirto gentil ; Edward Downes, conductor FindBUY
11:56p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor FindBUY FindBUY
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