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At The Opera, Puccini: Turandot, November 1, 2014

  

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 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 performance included only Puccini's music and not Alfano's additions. The first performance of the opera as completed by Alfano was the following night, 26 April. This 1958 recording stars Maria Callas, Eugenio Fernandi and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Tullio Serafin conducts the La Scala opera.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:09pm
Puccini: Turandot BUY La Scala; Tullio Serafin, conductor
10:00pm
10:43pm
Gounod: Romeo Et Juliette: Je Veux Vivre Dans Ce Reve BUY from Galli-Curci: Prima Voce; composed by Gounod
10:46pm
Auber: Manon Lescaut: C'est L'histoire Amoureuse BUY from Galli-Curci: Prima Voce; composed by Auber
10:49pm
Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia: Una Voce Poco Fa BUY from Galli-Curci: Prima Voce; composed by Rossini
10:53pm
Meyerbeer: Dinorah: Ombra Leggiera BUY from Galli-Curci: Prima Voce; composed by Meyerbeer
10:58pm
Bellini: I Puritani: Qui La Voce Sua Soave BUY from Galli-Curci: Prima Voce; composed by Bellini
11:00pm
11:03pm
Giuseppe Verdi: I Puritani: Il rival salvar tu dei...Suoni la tromba BUY from No Tenors Allowed: Famous Duets for Baritone and Bass
11:16pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Attila, opera, Uldino, a me dinanzi...Tardo per gli anni BUY from No Tenors Allowed: Famous Duets for Baritone and Bass; composed by Giuseppe Verdi
11:24pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo, opera, Restez! BUY from No Tenors Allowed: Famous Duets for Baritone and Bass
11:34pm
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi: La forza del destino, opera: Solenne in quest' ora - BUY from Prima Voce Sampler
11:39pm
Puccini: Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte - BUY from Prima Voce Sampler; composed by Puccini
11:42pm
Verdi: Rigoletto, opera: Bella figlia dell'amore - BUY from Prima Voce Sampler; composed by Verdi
11:46pm
Verdi: Falstaff: Quand' ero paggio - Victor Maurel BUY from Prima Voce Sampler; composed by Verdi
11:48pm
Nicola Porpora: Alto Giove. Air d'Acio BUY from Farinelli, il castrato (10th Anniversary Release); composed by Nicola Porpora
11:53pm
Handel: Lascia ch'io pianga. Air de Almirena BUY from Farinelli, il castrato (10th Anniversary Release); composed by Handel
11:57pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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