Giacomo Puccini, an Italian composer, created a unfinished masterpiece opera titled, ‘Turandot.’ The first show was staged 2 years after his death in 1926. This opera is a classic and a popular form of musical culture. The Turandot opera is about an ice cold Princess that requires her would be suitor to answer three riddles. It is set up as a Chinese fairy tale, divided into three (III) acts. Lotfi Mansouri serves as the Director and Italian native, Edoardo Muller is the conductor of this 21st century opera. CAST:RUNTIME: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Turandot – Lise Lindstrom 2 - 20 minute intermissions Calaf – Carlo ventre
Liu – Ermonela Jaho
Timur – Reinhard Hagen
Ping – Jeff Matsey
I had the pleasure of viewing this opera, ‘Turandot’ on February 6th, 2pm at the San Diego Civic Theater. I bought a glass of wine and read through the code of conduct list that was handed out. It was rather extensive in its rule list of proper opera etiquette. We were ushered in and shortly thereafter the show began. This adaptation holds true to the original opera. Puccini’s vision of ancient China was brought to life by the lavish sets and decorations. During the 1900’s, most opera plots did not make sense but served one purpose, singing. “In telling the colorful story, Puccini created an opera that's simultaneously extravagant, exotic, musically powerful and dramatically ‘over the top.’ That is, it's got everything an operatic potboiler could possibly want, and then a little bit more!” (Giacomo Puccini, 2007). For the most this opera respected that theme and just like the original tried to separate the show into III acts to aid the audience in connecting with the story. One unexpected and invited gesture was the fact that the opera was sung in Italian with English subtitles that scrolled above the stage. This helped feel a greater connection with the story and the lyrics. Puccini would have been proud of this adaptation. Form: Opera – acting and...