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At The Opera, Puccini: Turandot, January 7, 2017

  

Turandot is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano, and 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 1801 adaptation of the play, his work is most nearly based on the earlier text Turandot by Carlo Gozzi. The original story is based on Turan-Dokht (daughter of Turan) from the epic Haft Peykar (The Seven Beauties), work of 12th-century Persian poet Nizami. The opera's story is set in China and involves Prince Calaf, 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. Calaf 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 25 April 1926 and conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

Cast:

Turandot – Inge Borkh

Liu – Renata Tebaldi

Calaf – Mario del Monaco

1959 – Decca

Alberto erede - conductor

Playlist

8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:13 p.m.
Puccini BUY ; Alberto Erede, conductor Inge Borkh
10:00 p.m.
10:53 p.m.
Gwyneth Jones BUY from Classic Recitals: Gwyneth Jones - Operatic Recital
11:00 p.m.
11:01 p.m.
Gwyneth Jones BUY from Classic Recitals: Gwyneth Jones - Operatic Recital
11:06 p.m.
Gwyneth Jones BUY from Classic Recitals: Gwyneth Jones - Operatic Recital
11:16 p.m.
Elina Garanca BUY from Revive
11:20 p.m.
Elina Garanca BUY from Revive
11:26 p.m.
Wagner: Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater BUY ; composed by Wagner
London/Decca 0018028
11:32 p.m.
Wagner: Am stillen Herd Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg BUY ; composed by Wagner
London/Decca 0018028
11:36 p.m.
Mozart: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herze Die Zauberflöte* 3.01 BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Mozart
11:39 p.m.
Wagner: Mild und leise wie er lächelt (Isolde s Liebestod) Tristan und Isolde BUY Vienna Philharmonic; Sir Georg Solti, conductor
11:46 p.m.
Dvorak: Mêsí ku na nebi hlubokém (Song to the Moon) Rusalka 6.10 BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Dvorak
11:52 p.m.
Puccini: E lucevan le stelle Tosca BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Puccini


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