- Running time135 minutes
This production of Puccini’s final opera was created especially for Sydney Harbour’s jaw-dropping outdoor water-stage.
Turandot is a beautiful and powerful princess who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. Calàf is a brave prince from a foreign land, who instantly falls in love with the princess. Despite the wishes of his exiled father and the pleas of a slave girl who loves him, he rings the gong and declares his love for Turandot. She presents her riddles, and he gives the answers triumphantly. Turandot despairs, and Calàf, taking pity on her, offers the ice-cold princess a riddle of his own. But his riddle risks more than his own life - everyone else’s now hangs in the balance.
Director Chen Shi-Zheng brings a unique perspective to this classic story , steering away from traditional Chinese tropes to present a China that is sleek and modern.
Designer Dan Potra has created a stunning set for the spectacular harbour backdrop, including a 60-metre fire-breathing dragon with a tail that morphs into The Great Wall, and a shimmering pagoda that stands 18 meters high.
Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, including a 15-minute interval.
Performed in Italian with English subtitles.
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