Turandot
July 25, 29 & 31, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
Music Hall

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni


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In ancient China, Princess Turandot is an enigmatic beauty who reigns with an iron fist and an ice-cold heart.

To her would-be wooers, she’s issued a decree: he who can answer her riddles will win her hand—-all others will suffer punishment by death. When a mysterious man passes her test, will she finally open her heart to love?

THE OPERA
Puccini’s final work is one of his grandest, featuring exotic locales, forbidden romance, and gorgeous melodies, including the rousing anthem “Nessun dorma.” Our kaleidoscopic, new production, called “miraculous” by Opera News, features stunning sets, costumes, and choreography. Soprano Marcy Stonikas brings her “big, resonant voice” (Seattle Times) to the role of the ice princess, Turandot. Soprano Norah Amsellem, praised for “a rich sound and elegant lyricism” (The New York Times), will portray the tragic Liù. Tenor Frank Porretta sings Calàf, a role he has performed at the Metropolitan Opera. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote of his Turandot performance, “he sent the signature aria ‘Nessun dorma’ into the realms of glory with ample lyricism and spirited high notes.” Porretta replaces the previously-announced artist Stuart Neill, who was obliged to withdraw due to illness. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is led by Ramón Tebar, music director of Florida Grand Opera.

 

Marcy Stonikas
Turandot
Frank Porretta
Calàf
Norah Amsellem
Liù
Andrea Mastroni
Timur
Jonathan Beyer
Ping
Julius Ahn
Pang
Joseph Hu
Pong

RUNNING TIME
An opera in 3 acts
The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including intermissions.

OPERA INSIGHTS
Chris Milligan, Cincinnati Opera’s Managing Director, gives a preview of the opera one hour prior to the performance in Music Hall’s Corbett Tower. Admission is FREE to all ticket-holders.

A SNEAK PEEK OF TURANDOT


CHILDREN DISCUSS TURANDOT

VIEW PRODUCTION PHOTOS

Photo: Elise Bakketun/Seattle Opera


AN INTRO TO TURANDOT

IN THE NEWS
7.28.15 Cincinnati Herald: CCM graduate returns in Turandot
7.27.15 Cincinnati Refined Gallery: Cincinnati Opera’s Turandot is more like “Turn Down For What”
7.25.15 Cincinnati EnquirerTurandot dancers, costumes will add magic to show
7.25.15 Cincy Music Gallery: Cincinnati Opera’s Turandot dress rehearsal
7.24.15 WKRC Video: Adam Clements transforms into Emperor from Cincinnati Opera’s Turandot
7.21.15 Cincinnati Enquirer: 6 dancers, 14 swords, 6 severed heads in this opera
7.20.15 Cincinnati Enquirer: ‘Super’ opera lover takes to the stage
7.20.15 Cincinnati Enquirer: Fort Thomas resident onstage with Cincinnati Opera
7.18.15 Cincinnati Enquirer: $1 Million Turandot takes stage at Cincinnati Opera
7.17.15 WVXU Audio: Turandot will wrap-up the 2015 Cincinnati Opera season
6.17.15 CityBeat: Summer Opera Preview: Cincinnati Opera at 95; stepping forward, looking back
6.15.15 WCPO: Cincinnati Opera’s 95th season features a world premiere, and tales of drama, love and Hollywood
6.14.15 Cincinnati Enquirer: Great voices, drama, comedy this opera season

SEASON PREVIEW

REVIEWS
“It was, without a doubt, the most dazzling production of Puccini’s Turandot this city has ever seen.” —Cincinnati Enquirer
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“Go see it. And go hear it. There aren’t many opportunities to see spectacle like this.” –CityBeat
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“A brilliant performance…Porretta’s “Nessun dorma”—one of the most familiar arias in the literature—was thrilling.” —Music in Cincinnati
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“Cincinnati Opera ends its 95th season with an incredible production of…Turandot.” –Oakwood Register
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“As Liù, Nora Amsellem enraptured me.” –Jay Harvey Upstage
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“A magnificent Turandot to end the season.” –Seen and Heard International
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