Silk, Spices, and Food

Posted by Opera Gal in Community, Turandot

One of the key ways to experience a culture is through food. The food we eat depends on where we’re from and what the land has made available. Experimenting with these resources is what inspires a chef and transforms a chef into an artist. As…

Turandot’s Characters and Story

Posted by Utah Opera in Online Learning, Turandot

Cast of Characters: Princess Turandot soprano The Emperor Altoum, her father tenor Timur, the dispossessed King of Tartary bass Calàf, his son tenor Liù, a young slave-girl soprano Ping, Grand Chancellor (Mask) Baritone Pang, General Purveyor (Mask) Tenor Pong, Chief Cook (Mask) Tenor A Mandarin Baritone The Prince of Persia silent role The…

Puccini’s Musical Style

Posted by Utah Opera in Online Learning, Turandot

Puccini’s work is viewed by historians as the culmination of the Italian bel canto tradition, a line that goes back to the works of 19th-century opera composers such as Bellini and Donizetti.  Although viewed as Verdi’s true successor, Puccini’s operas are infused with German and…