Opera di Roma


In Cinemas 8, 9 & 12 Oct 2022
Oksana Lyniv
L'Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Oksana Dyka (Princess Turandot), Michael Fabiano (Calaf), Rodrigo Ortiz (Emperor Altoum), Francesca Dotto (Liù), Antonio Di Matteo (Timur)
Giacomo Puccini
Ai Weiwei
Set Design
Ai Weiwei
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 24 Mar 2022
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  • An enjoyable, gigantic funfair where the artist's radical and intellectual quirks are displayed in all their glory. The show has a thoroughly great impact.
    Lorenzo Fiorito, BACHTRACK

Opera in three acts and five pictures (1926)

New Production! Celebrated contemporary artist Ai Weiwei makes his operatic debut with a new reading of Puccini’s fairy tale of misdirected love, exile and rule by decree. It’s a fitting project for Ai, famous for geopolitical installations, sculptures and photography that question authority and champion human rights and expression.

From the ominous opening five notes, the score plunges audiences into an uncertain, violent world, seeped in bloodshed and despotism, where the cruel, seductive princess, Turandot (Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka), is pursued by a brave suitor (American tenor Michael Fabiano, in a role debut).

This staging is performed without the ending added by Puccini's contemporary, Franco Alfano.

The brilliant Oksana Lyniv conducts.

Opera di Roma

Taking its current name at the advent of the republic, Rome’s beautiful opera house, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma was first inaugurated in 1880, as Teatro Costanzi. The company hosted the world premiere of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Puccini’s Tosca among others.

See more productions from: La Scala & All'Opera Italiana