Turandot (Giacomo Puccini) – dossier

TURANDOT

Turandot poster.jpgLyric drama in 3 acts and 5 scenes

Composer: Giacomo Puccini

Librettists: Giuseppe Adami & Renato Simoni

First performed: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 25 April 1926, conducted by Arturo Toscanini

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CHARACTERS

  • PRINCESS TURANDOT (soprano): Rosa Raisa
  • THE EMPEROR ALTOUM, her father (tenor): Francesco Dominici
  • TIMUR, the dethroned Tartar King (bass): Carlo Walter
  • THE UNKNOWN PRINCE – CALAF, his son (tenor): Miguel Fleta
  • LIÙ, young slave girl (soprano): Maria Zamboni
  • PING, Lord Chancellor (baritone): Giacomo Rimini
  • PANG, Majordomo (tenor): Emilio Venturini
  • PONG, Chief Cook (tenor): Giuseppe Nessi
  • A MANDARIN (baritone): Aristide Baracchi
  • THE PRINCE OF PERSIA
  • THE EXECUTIONER
  • Imperial Guards – The Executioner’s Assistants – Children – Priests – Mandarins – Dignitaries – The Eight Wise Men – Turandot’s Attendants – Soldiers – Standard Bearers – Musicians – Shades of the Departed – The Crowd

SETTING

Peking, China – in legendary times


STRUCTURE

ACT I

In front of the imperial palace

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  • Invocation to the Moon
  • “Signore ascolta!” (Liù)
  • “Non piangere Liù” (Prince)

 

ACT II

Scene 1

A pavilion in the imperial palace. Before sunrise

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  • Ministers’ Trio
  • March of the Mandarins

Scene 2

The courtyard of the palace. Sunrise

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  • “In questa reggia” (Turandot)
  • “Figlio del cielo” (Turandot)

 

ACT III

Scene 1

The palace gardens. Night

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  • “Nessun dorma” (Prince)
  • “Tanto amore segreto” (Liù)
  • “Tu che di gel sei cinta” (Liù)
  • “Del primo pianto” (Turandot)

Scene 2

The courtyard of the palace. Dawn

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