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Tuesday Opera: Turandot – Puccini – Grand Théâtre de Genève

02/08/2022

Note: Time Limited – expires January 22,2023

Puccini’s last opera is all about riddles. The Emperor of China rules over the Forbidden City of Peking. His unmarried daughter, the Princess Turandot, has refused her hand to all her princely suitors by putting them to a test. She sets them three riddles; if they do not answer them correctly, they will lose their heads. As unlucky suitors fail and fall, up steps Calaf, a prince of the Tatar people.

Daniel Kramer’s new staging in Geneva transposes the old fairy tale to a futuristic world where Turandot’s magic holds sway. In a dystopian game show, reminiscent of Hunger Games, the Princess presides over a surveillance state in which men are culled and the reproduction of the human race is conducted in breeding labs. For the first time in their career, the international art collective teamLab work extensively on the scenography of an opera, using state-of-the-art visual technologies never before seen on an opera stage. teamLab’s light creations are an immersive artistic experience known for their power to absorb and enthral audiences. Antonino Fogliani, a master of the Italian repertoire, conducts an excellent cast including Ingela Brimberg who returns to Geneva as the icy Princess Turandot, after taking the title role in Elektra – a performance also enjoyed by OperaVision viewers.

CAST Turandot Ingela Brimberg Altoum Chris Merritt Timur Liang Li Calaf Teodor Ilincai Liù Francesca Dotto Ping Simone Del Savio Pang Sam Furness Pong Julien Henric A Mandarin Michael Mofidian Chorus Grand Théâtre de Genève Chorus Maîtrise du Conservatoire populaire Orchestra Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Conductor Antonino Fogliani Director Daniel Kramer

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