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TurandotTurandot
Opera

Turandot

Giacomo Puccini
The National Theatre
English surtitles

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    October 2024

    Saturday 19. 10.
    17:00

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    November 2024

    Sunday 3. 11.
    17:00

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    Friday 15. 11.
    19:00

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    Saturday 30. 11.
    18:00

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    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 45 minutes, 2 intermission (20 minutes) minutes

    Language

    In Italian, surtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    January 23, 2020

    Giacomo Puccini’s final opera, Turandot, may be deemed to be the “last of the Mohicans” of the Golden Age of Italian Romantic opera. Puccini did not get bogged down in this tradition, but went on to boldly develop and enrich it with the flavours of the new artistic styles of symbolism and expresionism. However, what prevails in exotic and mysterious Turandot is Puccini’s masterful melodic invention in the spirit of the legacy of his great Italian opera predecessors.

    Cast

    • 2023-2024
    • 2024-2025

    Creatives

    Stage direction and set design
    Zuzana Gilhuus
    Choreography
    Martin Dvořák
    Light design
    Martin Bronec
    Chorus master
    Pavel Vaněk
    Dramaturgy
    Ondřej Hučín

    About

    National Theatre Chorus
    National Theatre Orchestra
    National Theatre Opera Ballet

    Kühn Choir of Prague
    Prague Philharmonic Children's Choir

    Giacomo Puccini’s final opera, Turandot, may be deemed to be the “last of the Mohicans” of the Golden Age of Italian Romantic opera. The greatest of Verdi’s heirs, the composer, however, did not get bogged down in this tradition, but went on to boldly develop and enrich it with the flavours of the new artistic styles that emerged in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. Consequently, his Turandot, written between and 1921 and 1924, does not feature many Romantic traits.

    Puccini based the opera on the eponymous commedia dell’arte play by Carlo Gozzi, an author much admired by the early 20th-century avant-garde artists. The subject hails from Persia or Mongolia, whose cultures were mainly marvelled at by votaries of the decorative style, while the libretto’s story is set in medieval Beijing and foregrounds fairy-tale, or better said mythological, elements, favoured by the Symbolists. The theme of passionate love, essential for Romantic opera, is veiled in mysterious motifs of ice, fire, moon, while an erotic flame enigmatically blazes along with intense, unrelenting hatred, which we would rather expect to be present in works inspired by decadence or psychoanalysis.

    Yet all that which, notwithstanding its modernism, gives Turandot the Romantic opera hallmark is Puccini’s musical idiom, which too encompasses plenty of “eccentric” facets – ranging from Oriental paraphrases, through a brutal orchestral sound, dissonant harmonies to wildly complex chorus and ensemble scenes – but what prevails is Puccini’s masterful melodic invention in the spirit of the legacy of his great Italian opera predecessors, yet utterly original – by and large, Puccinian.

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    Turandot programme - CZ

    A booklet for the production of Turandot

    90 Kč

    Only 3 items in stock

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    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in May-October 2024.


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