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10 October @ 7:30 pm - 14 October @ 9:30 pm
Puccini’s Turandot, first premiered in 1926 and is set in Imperial Peking. It opens with a notoriously bloody scene as the Prince of Persia befalls the same destiny as many previous suitors of the Princess Turandot. Having failed to answer correctly the Princess’s three riddles, he’s executed. It’s as Princess Turandot appears to order the execution to take place that Calàf, Prince of Tartary, sees her, and instantly falls in love.
The opera follows his unlikely success in answering the Princess’s three riddles, challenging her to find his name by midnight when despite his victory, still refuses his hand. Finally, as her feelings towards her suitor begin to soften, she proclaims she has uncovered his name: love.