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TURANDOT (MET 2019)
Metropolitan Opera Cinema Season TURANDOT (MET 2019) Sunday 13 October 3:00PM
  • By: G. Puccini
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Producer: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Runtime: 3hrs 2 mins inc 2 intervals
  • Screening: AS LIVE
  • Tickets: £17.00, Conc. £15.00 incl. 50p cmsn
  • Venue: THEATRE
  • With: Christine Goerke, Nina Stemme, Eleonora Buratto, Gabriella Reyes, Hibla Gerzmava, Roberto Aronica, Marco Berti, James Morris

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Two of opera’s most thrilling dramatic sopranos, Christine Goerke and Nina Stemme, reprise their fierce portrayals of the title princess. Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium to conduct Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of Puccini’s final masterpiece, which also features tenors Roberto Aronica and Marco Berti as Calàf, sopranos Eleonora Buratto and Hibla Gerzmava as Liù, and bass-baritones James Morris and Nicolas Testé as Timur.

In Gozzi’s play, the original commedia dell’arte characters wandered from Italy to China and were members of the Imperial court. Their comments satirized Venetian politics and mores of the times. Puccini and his librettists dispensed with any such relevance. The China of this opera, set in “legendary times,” is a mythic realm viewed from the exoticizing perspective of 20th-century Europeans.
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