TurANdot

BY PUCCINI

CAPITOL THEATRE

MARCH 15, 17, 19, 21 2014 (7:30 PM)
MARCH 23, 2014 (2 PM)

Turandot is Puccini's "cruel princess." She is vain, icy, and seemingly incapable of love. In keeping with her impenetrable persona, she announces that she will marry the man who can solve her three riddles but gravely punish those who cannot. Heads do roll until one clever prince appears and solves her trio of challenges. He then counters with a riddle of his own and Turandot is caught uncomfortably in a web of her own making.

Don't miss this epic new production by design duo Renaud Doucet and Andre Barber that arrives in Salt Lake City after sold-out performances and rave reviews in Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Seattle. From the spectacular music, including the sweeping aria "Nessun Dorma," to the breathtaking pageantry of one of opera's greatest hits, Turandot is certain to be the highlight of the season.

CAST

Turandot: Maida Hundeling
Timur: Richard Wiegold
Calaf: Jonathan Burton
Liu: Kelly Kaduce
Ping: Daniel Belcher
Pang: Julius Ahn
Pong: Joseph Gaines
Emperor Altoum: Todd Miller
A Mandarin: Shea Owens

Conductor: David Agler
Director: Renaud Doucet
Designer: André Barbe

 

SYNOPSIS

ACT I. Peking, legendary times. In a quarter swarming with people near the Forbidden City, a Mandarin reads an edict: any prince seeking to marry Princess Turandot must answer three riddles - and if he fails, he will die. Her latest suitor, the Prince of Persia, is to be executed at the rise of the moon...

 

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ONLINE LEARNING

A Mandarin enters and proclaims the Emperor’s decree: Princess Turandot shall wed the first suitor of royal lineage who successfully solves her three riddles. All who fail will be executed. The Prince of Persia, who tried and failed, will be beheaded this evening when the moon rises. The crowd surges eagerly toward the palace, but the imperial guards brutally turn them away, knocking an elderly blind man to the ground...

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OPERA COMMENTARY

Something is rotten in the state of ancient fairy-tale China. Just listen to the descending octaves that lead to painful punching chords in the opening moments of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, and you will be thrown into a world filled with suspense and horror...

 

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

 

 

2017 GALA

AN EVENING WITH

RENÉE FLEMING

ABRAVANEL HALL
September 13, 2017
PUCCINI’S

LA BOHÈME

CAPITOL THEATRE
October 7 | 9 | 11 | 13 | 15, 2017
JAKE HEGGIE & GENE SCHEER’S

MOBY-DICK

CAPITOL THEATRE
January 20 | 22 | 24 | 26 | 28, 2018
LEONCAVALLO / PUCCINI

PAGLIACCI / GIANNI SCHICCHI

CAPITOL THEATRE
March 10 | 12 | 14 | 16 | 18, 2018
 
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