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Published on May 7, 2010
Turandot Giacomo Puccini 1858 1924 /Luciano Berio 1925 2003 http://www.dno.nl premiere 7 May 2010 performances 10 13 16* 18 21 24* 26 30* May 2010 Het Muziektheater Amsterdam starting time 20.00/*14.30 ending time ±23.05/*17.35 there are 2 intervals Puccini became acquainted with the Persian tale of Turandot through adaptations by Gozzi and Schiller; he studied the Chinese pentatonic scale before composing the music. The icy majesty of Turandot, the remote princess who eventually gives in to true love, is contrasted with the tender lyricism of her counterpart Liù and with the commedia dellarte humour of the three ministers. The wealth of musical invention work masks the works difficult origins. It remained unfinished at the time of Puccinis death, and was subsequently completed first by Franco Alfano and, in 2001, again by Luciano Berio, whose new finale musically depicts the heroine in a more human light. musical direction Yannick Nézet-Séguin production Nikolaus Lehnhoff sets Raimund Bauer costumes Andrea Schmidt-Futterer lighting Duane Schuler choreography Denni Sayers La principessa Turandot Lise Lindstrom Limperatore Altoum Jean-Léon Klostermann Timur Mario Luperi Il principe ignoto (Calaf) Lance Ryan Liù Ana Maria Martinez Ping Angelo Veccia Pang Roberto Covatta Pong Carlo Bosi Un mandarino Roger Smeets Rotterdams Phiharmonisch Orkest Koor van De Nederlandse Opera preparation Martin Wright children's chorus Kinderkoor Muziekschool Waterland