Duration: 150 minutes (with intermission)
Class. age: M6
Price: €50.00 (1st audience) | €48.00 (2nd audience)
BY GIACOMO PUCCINI
The famous story of Turandot revolves around the cold princess of Peking, Turandot, and the young prince of Tartary, Calaf, who fall in love with her at first sight. Having deemed all men unworthy of his hand, Turandot demands that his suitors answer three riddles correctly, and if he fails, he is beheaded. Calaf tries riddles against the warnings of his father Timur, his father’s servant Liù (who is secretly in love with him) and the ministers Ping, Pang and Pong. Successfully answering the riddles, Calaf insists that Turandot marry him for love, so he tells her that if he finds out her name in the morning, he will die for her. Turandot closes down the kingdom and tortures everyone to try to find out her name. Finally, Calaf reveals himself to Turandot and leaves his life in her hands. As he kisses her, Turandot gives in to her love for him and announces to her father that she has discovered his name; “Love!” The kingdom rejoices at the couple’s union and at the melting of Turandot’s cold heart.