Turandot; The Puccini classic, the final opera from one of the greats – created especially for the acclaimed Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s jaw-dropping outdoor water-stage performance, director Chen Shi-Zheng brings a unique perspective to this classic story.
Turandot is the beautiful and powerful princess, who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. Calàf is a brave prince from a foreign land, who falls instantly in love with the princess.
Despite the wishes of his exiled father and the pleas of a slave-girl who loves him, he rings the gong and declares his love for the princess. She presents her riddles, and in triumph, the unknown prince answers. Turandot despairs and the prince takes pity – offering the ice-cold princess a riddle of his own. But Calàf’s riddle risks more than his own life – everyone else’s hangs in the balance.
Puccini’s Turandot is one of the greatest operas ever written: brilliant melodies for music-lovers, a gripping story for those that need action and drama, an exotic setting and plenty of movement for lovers of stagecraft and visual splendor. Not forgetting an incredible version of Nessun Dorma sung by Riccardo Massi.
With a cast of seventy-eight, designer Dan Potra has created a stunning set for the spectacular harbour backdrop, including a 60-meter fire-breathing dragon, with a tail that morphs into the Great Wall, and a shimmering pagoda that stands 18 meters tall.
Steering away from traditional Chinese tropes, the director presents a China that is sleek and modern, with set elements and costumes that reflect the spirit of today. The production also features 187 hats and headdresses, 46 wigs and 30 sets of facial hair!
Expect bold, dramatic, bright shapes and a set that will take your breath away.
This production of Handa Opera’s Turnadot was captured live on Sydney Harbour in 2016 and will be screened at Riverside.
Language: Performed in Italian with English subtitles
Classification: E – Exempt from Classification
Dates & Times:
Sunday 4 September 4:30pm
Friday 9 September 2pm
Famous for the wonderful aria ‘Nessun dorma’, Turandot has plenty more gorgeous music. Here’s everything you need to know.
Behind the Scenes
Listen to Nessun Dorma from Turandot
|SET & COSTUME DESIGNER||Dan Potra|
|LIGHTING DESIGNER||Scott Zielinski|
|VIDEO DESIGNER||Leigh Sachwitz / flora&faunavisions|
|SOUND DESIGNER||Tony David Cray|
|SITE DESIGNER||Adrienn Lord|
|PRINCE OF PERSIA||Jin Tea Kim|
|Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra|
|Opera Australia Chorus|