Turandot

@ Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano
From 1 to 23 May 2015
Giacomo Puccini (Luciano Berio's Finale)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala 

Treble Voices Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala Academy


Production of Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam 

 

Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes intermissions included

 

Conductor Riccardo Chailly
Staging Nikolaus Lehnhoff
Sets Raimund Bauer
Costumes Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
Lights Duane Schuler
Choreography Denni Sayers

Cast 

Turandot Nina Stemme
Altoum Carlo Bosi
Timur Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Calaf Aleksandrs Antonenko (1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 20)
Stefano La Colla (17, 23)
Liù Maria Agresta
Ping Angelo Veccia
Pang Roberto Covatta
Pong Blagoj Nacoski
Mandarino Gianluca Breda (1, 5, 8, 12)
Ernesto Panariello (15, 17, 20, 23)
Prince of Persia Azer Rza-Zada
First Handmaid Barbara Rita Lavarian
Second Handmaid Kjersti Odegaard

Notes on performances

The last opera by Puccini, staged posthumously and without a finale in a world premiere at La Scala, returns in the version completed by Luciano Berio, another great Italian musician of the Twentieth century. Riccardo Chailly, the new musical director of the Theatre and acknowledged expert on the melodrama of Puccini, opens the period of the Expo with this title, always a crowd pleaser. The performance, directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff, has sublime figurative elegance, is well designed and stylized in its movements and costumes, and flooded with vibrant reds and majestic purples. The evil princess from Beijing is Nina Stemme, who won over audiences at La Scala in Wagner’s Ring, but there are high expectations for Liù played by Maria Agresta and of course for the “Nessun dorma” of Aleksandrs Antonenko