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Turandot is one of the most famously spectacular productions of The Royal Opera, evoking in Andrei Serban’s staging the pageantry, colour and savagery of ancient China that forms the setting for Puccini’s great and final opera.

Turandot is an oriental fairytale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and – of course – powerful, triumphant love. Besides its great tenor aria Nessun Dorma, the music ranges from the exotic and portentous as the moon rises at the start, through the grandeur and mysticism of Turandot’s riddles, to the tragic beauty of the servant girl Liù’s appeals to and final sacrifice for her beloved master, Prince Calaf.

Young, acclaimed Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti returns to conduct two casts of great international voices, headed up by José Cura and Iréne Theorin as Prince and Princess, then three performances in January by Johan Botha and Jennifer Wilson, a thrilling and fast-risen star in this role making her Covent Garden debut.

Always popular with audiences, The Royal Opera’s Turandot offers wonderful music and fine spectacle with its huge chorus, many dancers and world-class singing.

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 22/12/2008

Closing Night: 23/01/2009

Running time: 2h05

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Cast & Creative


Jennifer Wilson/Irene Theorin, Johan Botha/Jose Cura, Latonia Moore/Svetla Vassileva, Paata Burchuladze/Willard White, Giorgio Caoduro, Ji-Min Park, Alasdair Elliott, Robert Tear, Kostas Smoriginas


Director - Original: Andrei Serban. Revival: Jeremy Sutcliffe

Producer - Royal Opera

Designer - Sally Jacobs

Choreographer - Kate Flatt

Conductor - Nicola Luisotti

Music By - Giacomo Puccini

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