San Francisco Opera | Puccini's Turandot


What is like ice, but burns like fire?

Turandot—a cold-hearted but exquisitely beautiful princess who challenges her suitors to a deadly game of wits. Only Calaf, an exiled prince, is hot-blooded enough to crack her icy veneer.

Music by Giacomo Puccini | Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Best Value Dates

Saturday, November 25
Tuesday, November 28
Wednesday, December 6

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours including two intermissions

Who Should See It

Great first opera. Fans of The Three Tenors and lovers of art.

Open Curtain Intermission

On December 6 our curtain will remain open during intermission as a staff member narrates the live set changeover.

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Friday 09/08/17 8:00PM
Tuesday 09/12/17 7:30PM *
Friday 09/15/17 7:30PM
Thursday 09/21/17 7:30PM
Sunday 09/24/17 2:00PM *
Saturday 09/30/17 7:30PM
Saturday 11/18/17 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Saturday 11/25/17 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Tuesday 11/28/17 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Sunday 12/03/17 2:00PM Buy Tickets
Wednesday 12/06/17 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Saturday 12/09/17 7:30PM * Buy Tickets


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* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.


Pre-Opera Talks

Free to Ticketholders

For every performance, join us in the Orchestra section 55 minutes prior to curtain. 

The Expert: Robert Hartwell

Learn about the opera’s music, characters, composer and historical background.


Can’t make the Pre-Opera Talk? You can also watch a video.


The cast-of-thousands-like appearance and sound of Ian Robertson’s Chorus was resplendent, and Music Director Nicola Luisotti guided the Orchestra through an agile, nuanced reading of Puccini’s rich score.

San Francisco Examiner

Martina Serafin made an impressive entrance in Act 2 with her showpiece aria “In questa reggia,” as she declared her resolve to honor a wronged ancestor with her plush, assured voice.

San Francisco Examiner

In the famous showpiece “Nessun dorma,” Brian Jagde combined sinew and tonal clarity in an irresistible alloy.

San Francisco Chronicle

As Liù, Adler Fellow Toni Marie Palmertree, delivered a performance of wondrous poignancy and heroism.

San Francisco Chronicle

Martina Serafin’s performance was stately and theatrically commanding.

San Francisco Chronicle

Brian Jagde sounded radiant and he hit all his high notes with aplomb.

San Francisco Examiner

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Exploration Workshops for Families: All About Turandot

Delve into the opera through music, story and movement during these interactive workshops for families.

Learn more about the workshop on  December 3.


To win the hand of the ruthless Princess Turandot, an exiled prince must answer three riddles correctly.

Read Complete Synopsis ›

Turnadot Program Articles


Read General Director Matthew Shilvock's postlude about Turandot.

The "Turandot" Puzzle

Is Puccini’s fairy-tale opera with its anachronistic notions of "the Orient" still relevant today?

Designing "Turandot"

British artist David Hockney who celebrated his 80th birthday this year recalls the influences behind his iconic 1993 production.

Cast & Creative

Turandot Martina Serafin 1
Turandot Nina Stemme 2
Calaf Brian Jagde
Liù Toni Marie Palmertree 1
Liù Leah Crocetto 2
Timur Raymond Aceto 1
Timur Soloman Howard *2
Ping Joo Won Kang
Pang Julius Ahn
Pong Joel Sorensen
A Mandarin Brad Walker
Emperor Altoum Robert Brubaker *


September 8, 12, 15, 21, 24, 30;

November 18, 25, 28; December 3, 6, 9, 2017

Conductor Nicola Luisotti 1
Conductor Christopher Franklin *2
Production and Design David Hockney
Director Garnett Bruce
Costume Designer Ian Falconer
Original Lighting Designer Thomas J. Munn
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Choreographer Lawrence Pech
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera debut

1  Sept. 8, 12, 15, 21, 24, 30

2  Nov. 18, 25, 28; Dec. 3, 6, 9


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A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Previous performances of Turandot can be found in our Archive.




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Made Possible By

Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey. Additional support provided by: John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Bernard and Barbro Osher; The Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund; San Francisco Opera Guild; United Airlines; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Conductors Fund and the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund; and Joan and David Traitel through the Great Singers Fund.

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Photo (top): San Francisco Opera production of Turandot/Cory Weaver.