Puccini’s blockbuster returns to LA Opera for the first time in two decades, in a fantastical production designed by David Hockney.
Hiding out in enemy territory, a prince on the run encounters a captivating beauty who scorns love. With nothing to lose, he enters an all-but-impossible contest, risking his life to win her hand. But after claiming his victory, he faces an even greater challenge: melting Turandot’s icy heart.
The sensational Angela Meade takes on the iconic title role, with Russell Thomas as her fearless suitor and Guanqun Yu as the woman who shows everyone the true meaning of ultimate devotion. Music Director James Conlon conducts Puccini's thrilling final masterpiece, one that has had audiences leaping to their feet for a century, with ravishing stage designs by David Hockney that embrace the spectacle of Turandot's fairytale mystery and magic.
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“Meade’s voice has lustrous body and brilliant volume. There is dark richness that holds the potential for exceptional expressivity when that weight of sound is moved with graceful ease.”
“The designs [by David Hockney] were at once enchanting and disorienting, brightly timbred and coolly esthetic, powerfully alluring and disturbingly inhuman.”
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Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Running time: two hours and 55 minutes, including two intermissions
A co-production of San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago
Audio description will be available for the May 26 matinee.
Production made possible by generous support from
Alfred and Claude Mann Fund
Barbara Augusta Teichert
Additional generous support from
The Estate of Cat Pollon