Turandot at Vienna State Opera
Turandot at Vienna State Opera opens on February 28. There are two more performances to follow on March 3 and 8. Paolo Carignani conducts this Puccini masterpiece, Elena Pankratova is Turandot, Stefano la Colla is Calaf, Ryan Speedo Green is Timur and Heinz Zednik is Altoum. Wishing everyone a successful run!
The mandarin proclaims the law: Turandot will only marry the man who can solve three riddles that she poses. But whoever fails must die – a fate that has befallen many, most recently a Persian prince. The “unknown” Prince Calaf, who has seen the beautiful but cruel Princess Turandot, is spellbound by her – and determines to take the risk. Before he can do so, he encounters his father, the banished Tartar King Timur, who is accompanied by Liù, a slave.
She in turn is in love with Calaf…
Ping, Pang and Pong report on life in China and complain: since Turandot has been posing her riddles, their tranquil life has ended and they were reduced to “ministers of the executioner”. Despite all advice to the contrary, Calaf accepts the challenge of answering Turandot’s questions. And he learns the reason for her inhumanity. Once, in the dim and distant past, someone robbed and raped her ancestor Lou-Ling – and someone must now avenge and expiate these deeds. Calaf is able to solve the riddles; against her will, Turandot must now become his wife. But Calaf wishes win her affections, and so places himself at her mercy. So he now puts a riddle to her; if she can solve it, it will mean his death (and her freedom): What is his name?
In spite of all their efforts, no one can find out the name of the prince. Then Liù and Timur, who talked to Calaf, are brought in. In order to protect Timur and out of love for Calaf, Liù kills herself. Love finally wins the day. Although Calaf has revealed his true name to her and placed his fate in her hands, Turandot declares that the name of the unknown prince is “Love”...
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