Puccini – Turandot

June 26 at 21:00 CEST


The Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) died before he could complete his final opera Turandot. Fortunately, his lesser-known colleague Franco Alfano managed to use the maestro's notes to complete the opera in time for its April 26, 1926 premiere at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, which was conducted by none other than the legendary Arturo Toscanini.

Monday night's broadcast was recorded at the 2016 Puccini Festival. The annual summer festival, which welcomes ca. 40.000 visitors each year, takes place in the Italian seaside resort Torre del Lago: Puccini's final resting place. At the open air festival, several Puccini operas are performed within a stone's throw of Lucca, the composer's birthplace.

Monday, June 26 at 21:00 CEST | Puccini – Turandot

In days of yore we’re in the square in front of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Princess Turandot announces that anyone wishing to marry her must answer three riddles correctly. It’s all or nothing for her suitors: failure equals death. The prince of Persia has just failed, so he will be executed when the moon comes up... Turandot is Giacomo Puccini’s rarely performed unfinished last opera. Always a fastidious and deliberate composer, writing Turandot was an especially drawn-out process for Puccini. Nevertheless, the composer poured himself into the work, writing to a friend in March 1924, “I have placed, in this opera, all my soul.” This particular performance of the opera was filmed outdoors in Italy’s Torre del Lago Puccini, in the province of Lucca. Enjoy the most breath-taking stage set you have ever seen!

Conductor: Jacopo Sipari di Pescasseroli
Soloists: Rebeka Lokar, Tso-Han Ying, Rudy Park, Amadi Lagha Francesca Cappelletti,
Musicians: Puccini Festival Orchestra
Video provider: Paramax
Stage director: Ezio Frigerio
Video director: Enrico Stinchelli
Location: Torre del Lago, Lucca, Italy
Year: 2016