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Princess Turandot has sworn that no man shall marry her unless he can correctly answer three riddles. Prince Calaf, captivated by Turandot's beauty, takes up the challenge, determined to win her heart or die in the attempt. Puccini's last opera, includes Nessun Dorma
. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Approximate running time 2hrs 30minsPerformers Dennis O'Neill (Calaf 21 Feb-11 Mar 22 Mar - 1 Apr), Ian Storey (Calaf 14-17 Mar 5-15 Apr), Juanita Lascarro (Liu), Stephen Richardson (Timur), Anna Shafajinskaya (Princess Turandot), Matthew Hargreaves (Ping), Philip Daggett (Pang), Anthony Mee (Pong).
Author Puccini. Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Julian Smith (except 14-17 March 8-15 Apr). Conductor Antony Walker (14-17 Mar 8-15 Apr). Design Paul Steinberg. Lighting Heather Carson. Design Peter Owen (wigs and make-up).
The Times (11Jan01): [Christopher Alden] s production was good when it was new six years ago – and it has consistently got better. [Anna Shafajinskaya] has the perfect Turandot voice, bright, steely, tireless, steady as a rock. She can take the pressure off and sing with melting expressiveness. She s a natural creature of the stage as well, acting the rôle with subtlety and depth. A most auspicious debut. [Dennis O Neill] is in his prime. [Juanita Lascarro] is a most appealing Liu. [Stephen Richardson] is an exceptionally accomplished Timur. Singing of this quality in combination with a really grown-up production makes Turandot a pretty shattering experience.
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