Monday, July 18, 2016

Turandot - Opera Onscreen - Sunday, July 24 at 2 PM

Recorded at Bregenz Festival, Puccini's Spectacular Opera.


No man shall ever possess her: to preserve her independence,
the Chinese princess Turandot sets three riddles for every man
seeking her hand in marriage. The price for failure is death.
When an unknown prince achieves the impossible, Turandot is
still unwilling to surrender to him. The Prince, seeking Turandot’s
love, is ready to sacrifice his life if Turandot can discover his
true identity by morning. Furious, Turandot demands that no one
may sleep: everyone must try to discover his name...

This aria, “Nessun Dorma” sung by Calaf, has made Puccini‘s
Turandot world famous. On the Bregenz stage, it‘s delivered
against the imposing backdrop of a dragon-shaped wall on
Lake Constance. Marco Arturo Marelli‘s stage set makes use of
Chinese symbols of power and is inspired by the world‘s longest
man-made structure, the Great Wall of China. The Bregenz wall
is criss-crossed by detachments of terracotta warriors, over two
hundred in all, some of them sky-high, others half-submerged in
the water.

There are Chinese elements in the music, too. Puccini was
inspired by Chinese music boxes given to him by a diplomat friend. Still, however Chinese Puccini’s final opera might appear, the plot is adapted from a Persian tale and the score is fullblown Italian opera.

Sung in Italian with subtitles
Recorded 2015 at Bregenz Festival
Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes

Discount advance tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse.

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