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At The Opera, Puccini's Turandot, July 8, 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 April 25 1926 and conducted by Arturo Toscanini. This performance included only Puccini's music and not Alfano's additions.

Cast:

Turandot – Birgit Nilsson

Calaf – Franco Corelli

Liu – Renata Scotto

Timur – Bonaldo Giaiotti

Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Francesco Molinari-Pradelli – conductor

1965-EMI

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: Turandot BUY Rome Opera; Molinari-Pradelli, conductor Franco Corelli
10:00 p.m.
10:15 p.m.
Delibes: LakmΘ Highlights BUY ; Michel Plasson , conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:23 p.m.
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera, opera: Act I: Alla vita che t'arride BUY from Mattia Battistini; composed by Verdi
Nimbus Prima Voce NI 7831
11:27 p.m.
Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera: Eri Tu, Che Macchiavi BUY from Mattia Battistini; composed by Verdi
Nimbus Prima Voce NI 7831
11:31 p.m.
Mattia Battistini BUY from Mattia Battistini
Nimbus Prima Voce NI 7831
11:34 p.m.
Flowtow: Marta: Povero Lionello...Il Mio Lionel BUY from Mattia Battistini; composed by Flowtow
Nimbus Prima Voce NI 7831
11:38 p.m.
Enrico Caruso BUY from Enrico Caruso in Song
11:41 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
11:55 p.m.
Puccini: Le villi, opera: La Tregenda BUY from Opera Intermezzi and Preludes; composed by Puccini
Naxos 8550240


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