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Turandot is the last opera by G. Puccini, who died shortly before finishing it. He found the theme in Schiller’s dra­matisation of Carlo Gozzi’s Persian fairy-tale (originally a tale from the collection of dervish Mokles’ Thousand and One Nights) about a Chinese princess. The opera contains absorbing, highly dramatic scenes between the cruel princess Turandot and prince Kalaf. Puccini’s effort to achieve the truest possible Chinese vocal colour is strengthened by the use of pentatonics as the basic form of Chinese tonal system, easing the rhythm and often changing time, which is characteristic for the Chinese conception of music.
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes with 2 intermission
Performed in Italian with Czech and English captions.

Turandot – Giacomo Puccini
State Opera Prague
Premiere: Sep 15, 1995
Libretto: Giuseppe Adami, Renato Simoni
Conductor: Enrico Dovico, Richard Hein, Jaroslav Kyzlink
Stage director: Václav Věžník
Sets: Ladislav Vychodil
Chorus master: Tvrtko Karlovič, Adolf Melichar
Choreography: Otto Šanda
Turandot: Anda-Louise Bogza
Kalaf: Michal Lehotský
Timur: Milan Bürger
Liu: Simona Procházková
Emperor Altoum: Nikolaj Višnjakov
Ping: Oldřich Kříž
Pang: Tomáš Kořínek
Pong: Martin Šrejma
Mandarín: Miloš Horák
Prince of Persia: Tomáš Kořínek
Orchestra and Chorus of the State Opera

© Národní divadlo, Daniel Jäger

© Národní divadlo, Daniel Jäger

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