Turandot Educator Materials

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


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

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Cast & Creative

Turandot Martina Serafin
Turandot Nina Stemme
Calaf Brian Jagde
Liù Maria Agresta
Liù Toni Marie Palmertree
Liù Leah Crocetto
Timur Raymond Aceto
Timur Soloman Howard
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
Conductor Christopher Franklin
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


A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Previous performances of Turandot can be found in our Archive.

Educator Materials prepared with the aid of Opera Club members.