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Saturday, July 8, 2017 Permalink

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

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:13pm
Puccini: Turandot BUY Rome Opera; Molinari-Pradelli, conductor Franco Corelli
10:00pm
10:15pm
Delibes: LakmΘ Highlights BUY ; Michel Plasson , conductor
11:00pm
11:23pm
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera, opera: Act I: Alla vita che t'arride BUY from Battistini; composed by Verdi
11:27pm
Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera: Eri Tu, Che Macchiavi BUY from Battistini; composed by Verdi
11:31pm
Mattia Battistini: Ernani, opera: Act II: Vieni meco, sol di rose BUY from Battistini
11:34pm
Flowtow: Marta: Povero Lionello...Il Mio Lionel BUY from Battistini; composed by Flowtow
11:38pm
Enrico Caruso: Tarantella Sincera BUY from Enrico Caruso in Song
11:41pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
11:55pm
Puccini: Le villi, opera: La Tregenda BUY from Opera Intermezzi and Preludes; composed by Puccini
Naxos 8550240

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