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Turandot by Giacomo Puccini at Steinbruch St. Margarethen, 8 JULY - 15 August 2020

Turandot

30.10.2019

In 2020 the Opera in the Quarry is proud to present a great classic of Italian opera – Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot”. Under the Artistic Director Daniel Serafin, set designer Paul Tate dePoo will transform this most breath-taking of Europe’s open-air stages into a mythical ancient China in all its vastness and variety. A top international cast, led by the acclaimed star soprano Martina Serafin, will breathe life into Puccini’s figures in St. Margarethen Quarry’s unique setting. The premiere of the production by stage director Thaddeus Strassberger is on 8 July 2020.

TURANDOT – A FAIRY TALE FULL OF LOVE AND CRUELTY

Any man who asks the mysterious Princess Turandot for her hand in marriage first has to solve three riddles. After a nameless prince from the distant realm of the Tartars passes the diabolical test he, in turn, sets a task for the obstinate princess: She should tell him his name. Turandot commands that no one sleep until the stranger’s name is discovered. Liù, who loves and follows the prince with unconditional devotion, even sacrifices her life to keep this secret. But in the end, the miracle of love melts the cold heart of the moon princess.

First performed in 1926, one and a half years after Puccini’s death, “Turandot” represents both the pinnacle and finale of this great composer’s work. He left the work unfinished and Arturo Toscanini, conductor of the premiere at Milan’s La Scala, commissioned Franco Alfano to compose the opera’s last scene in which the main characters are finally united.

Celebrated Italian conductor Giuseppe Finzi will perform this version of the score at the Opera in the Quarry. With his “Nessun dorma!” (none shall sleep), Puccini succeeded in creating one of the most popular arias in the whole of opera. The composer’s dazzling and dramatically flaring music, full of stirring melodies, remains rooted in the Italian operatic tradition while at the same time opening the door to modern music to such an extent that “Turandot” became a major source of inspiration for many great composers of film music. Puccini’s lustrous and mysteriously jagged sounds find their perfect echo in the rugged rocky landscape of St. Margarethen Quarry.

THADDEUS STRASSBERGER TO HEAD AN INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE TEAM

We were delighted to engage American stage director Thaddeus Strassberger for this opera. His productions both of musical theatre classics and lesser known operas are always met by popular and critical acclaim. Strassberger has just staged Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West” at the Beijing Opera House: the director has thus returned from China equipped with many striking impressions for this production of “Turandot”.

Traditional Chinese art, especially the classic ivory carvings, is the main source of inspiration for Paul Tate dePoo’s stage design. The New York-based scenic designer is a star back home and is regularly honoured with prestigious prizes and awards both in America and Asia.

The costumes are being created by Giuseppe Palella from Italy, whose opulent and unique garments have already produced a spectacular effect in many operas. American lighting designer JAX Messenger will bathe the open-air stage and the rocks of St. Margarethen in stunning, constantly changing light effects. All the self-sacrificing love, all the bloodthirsty cruelty of this thrilling opera will be brought to life on stage by this creative team.

GIUSEPPE FINZI TO LEAD A STAR CAST

Giuseppe Finzi, an established specialist in Giacomo Puccini’s epic scores, will for the first time be conducting at the Opera in the Quarry. Under his direction, an ensemble of top international singers will set Puccini’s music alight!

Following her outstanding success as Tosca in 2015, Austrian soprano Martina Serafin is returning to St. Margarethen Quarry to play Turandot after creating her first Brunhild in Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung” at the Paris Opera. In other performances, Polish-American soprano Ewa Płonka, a rising opera star, will for the first time be introduced to Austrian audiences in the title role. The character of Prince Calaf is being shared between three internationally acclaimed Puccini tenors – Andrea Shin, Leonardo Caimi, and Yinjia Gong – who have already embodied this challenging role at many of the world’s major opera houses.

Donata d'Annunzio Lombardi from Italy and Celine Byrne from Ireland, cast as the self-sacrificing Liù, are also completely at home with Puccini’s music. As the deposed King Timur, the cautioning bass voices of Alessandro Guerzoni and Kihwan Sim will resound across the quarry stage. Leo An, Vincenzo Taormina, Sunnyboy Dladla, Loïc Félix, Matthew Newlin, and Theo Lebow in the roles of the ministers are prominent, enthusiastic performers who, despite their young age, can already look back on impressive operatic careers. Benedikt Kobel, an indispensable member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble, will lend stature and character to the aged Emperor Altoum. As in previous years, the Vienna Philharmonia Chorus, under the direction of Walter Zeh, will fill the St. Margarethen stage with its outstanding music. Finally, following its impressive performance in Mozart’s “Magic Flute” last year, the Budapest Philharmonic Society Orchestra will once again be returning to Burgenland.



Giacomo Puccini’s opera drama “Turandot” will premiere on 8 July 2020.


Tickets for “Turandot” at St. Margarethen Quarry can now be booked from pan.event under T +43 2682 65065 or by email: tickets@panevent.at. Further information at www.operimsteinbruch.at.



DATES & INFORMATION TICKET ORDERS

Premiere: 8 July 2020 ticket office pan.event

Other dates: T: +43 2682 65065

9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 30, and 31 July 2020 E: tickets@panevent.at

1, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, and 15 August 2020 www.operimsteinbruch.at

Performance begins (July): 8.30 pm, doors open at 6.30 pm

Performance begins (August): 8 pm, doors open at 6 pm

Running time: c. 2.45 hours (including intermission)

Prices: € 43 to € 146



PRESS INFORMATION:

Barbara Wagner-Gmeiner

presse@arenaria.at

presse@esterhazy.at

+43 2682 63004-410

www.operimsteinbruch.at


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