San Francisco Opera | Puccini's Turandot

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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Running Time

Approximately 3 hours including two intermissions

Who Should See It

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

Found in Series

Full Series: A, D*, G*, J, M, R*
Half Series: B, C, E*, H, I*, K, L*, O, RBW*, S*, T,* W,  X*
Out of Town Series: OT1, OT2, OT3, OT5, OT6, OT7, OT8
*Best Value Series

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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
Saturday 11/25/17 7:30PM
Tuesday 11/28/17 7:30PM
Sunday 12/03/17 2:00PM
Wednesday 12/06/17 7:30PM *
Saturday 12/09/17 7:30PM *

SELECT A SERIES

Subscribe to get the best seats for the lowest prices. 3-opera Half Series begin at $63. Single tickets go on sale June 26. 

Best Value Series: Choose Full Series D, G or R and Half Series E, I, L, RBW, S,T and X for best seating availability at the best prices.

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

THE BUZZ

Martina Serafin’s “gorgeous round tones delivered the Marschallin’s sweetness, regret, resignation and wisdom turn by exquisite turn."

New York Classical Review

Nina Stemme’s “voice has enormous carrying power without any forcing. Gleaming, focused top notes slice through the orchestra."

The New York Times

“The designs were at once enchanting and disorienting…powerfully alluring and disturbingly inhuman.”

The New York Times

Synopsis

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

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Cast & Creative

Cast
Turandot Martina Serafin 1
Turandot Nina Stemme 2
Calaf Brian Jagde
Liù Maria Agresta *3
Liù Toni Marie Palmertree 4
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 *

PERFORMANCES

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

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

Creative
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

3  Sept. 8, 12, 15, 21

4  Sept. 24 and 30

 

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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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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.