Opéra de Paris


In Cinemas 17, 18 & 21 Feb 2024
Marco Armiliato
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Iréne Theorin (Turandot), Brian Jagde (Calaf), Ermonela Jaho (Liù), Carlo Bosi (Altoum), Mika Kares (Timur), Florent Mbia (Ping), Maciej Kwaśnikowski (Pang), Nicholas Jones (Pong)
Giacomo Puccini
Robert Wilson
Set Design
Robert Wilson & Stephanie Engeln
2h42 including an interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris 13 Nov 2023
Official Event Listing
  • Striking and stunningly beautiful! Wilson trusts in the intelligence of the spectator and their ability to be moved to (re)interpret what the text and music say. The choirs and the orchestra triumph, galvanized by Marco Armiliato's electrifying direction.
    Stéphane Lelièvre, BACHTRACK
    A breathtaking lesson in seduction. Everything testifies to a rare intelligence and refined aesthetic sense.
    Christine Ducq, FORUM OPERA
    Stunning. The power of Robert Wilson's distinctive vision can't be denied. His Turandot is spectacular, unlike anything else, capturing the otherworldly quality of Puccini’s fairy tale opera, its power, its majesty, and its beauty.
    Noel Megahey, OPERA JOURNAL

Opera in three acts & five scenes (1926)

In Peking, a cruel princess renowned for her beauty (celebrated Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin) submits her suitors to three riddles, and the prince who can solve them will obtain her hand and the throne. But alas! So far, all have failed and suffered the relentless sentence: death. Will the young Calaf (fast-rising American tenor Brian Jagde) succeed?

Puccini's glorious score, left unfinished in 1924 when the composer died, is rich in modernity and melodic inspiration, as illustrated by the famous aria “Nessun dorma”.

Singular American director and artist Bob Wilson’s refined production offers striking and hypnotic images, and the pared down sets and lighting compositions, so quintessential to the director’s perspective, lend themselves perfectly to the saga. The production is built as a series of tableaux, each borrowed directly from Noh theatre whose ritualised gestures magnify group scenes or bring a hint of burlesque as is the case with the comic trio, Ping, Pang and Pong.

Please note cast change: the previously billed Sondra Radvanovsky was forced to withdraw from this performance due to illness. [updated 25 Oct 23]

Sydney patrons please note: Due to the impending closure and redevelopment of the Verona building, there will only be a single session of Turandot at Palace Verona - 11.30am Sunday 18 February. This is the final Palace Opera & Ballet presentation at Verona, with the remainder of the season to screen nearby at the new Palace Moore Park venue.

Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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