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Music by Giacomo Puccini
Text by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
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Imperial ultimatum

In an imagined ancient China, the beautiful Princess Turandot reigns with an iron fist and an ice-cold heart. To her wooers, she has issued a decree: he who can answer her riddles will win her hand—all others will face beheading. When a mysterious man passes her test, will she finally open her heart to love? Puccini’s final work is one of his grandest, featuring forbidden romance and gorgeous melodies, including the rousing anthem “Nessun dorma.” This kaleidoscopic co-production, called “miraculous” by Opera News, features stunning sets, costumes, and choreography.

MapAcademy of Music

Dates are Sept. - Oct. 2016.

Fri, Sep 23 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 25 2:30 p.m.
Wed, Sep 28 7:30 p.m.
Fri, Sep 30 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Oct 2 2:30 p.m.

Approximately two hours and 35 minutes including one 20-minute and one 15-minute intermission

Major support for Turandot has been provided by the Wyncote Foundation at the recommendation of Frederick R. Haas, Mrs. Sandra K. Baldino, and the William Penn Foundation.

Co-production with Minnesota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, and Seattle Opera

Cast & Creative Team

A royally talented cast

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
Renaud Doucet
Renaud DoucetDirector & Choreographer
Christine Goerke
Christine Goerkeas Turandot
Marco Berti
Marco Berti *as Calaf
Joyce El-Khoury
Joyce El-Khoury *as Liù
Morris Robinson
Morris Robinsonas Timur
Daniel Belcher
Daniel Belcheras Ping
Julius Ahn
Julius Ahn *as Pang
Joseph Gaines
Joseph Gainesas Pong
Johnathan McCullough
Johnathan McCulloughas the Mandarin
Toffer Mihalka
Toffer Mihalkaas Emperor Altoum
  • Commonwealth Youthchoirs Official Youthchoirs
  • André Barbe * Set & Costume Design
  • Guy Simard * Original Lighting Design
  • Anne Catherine Simard-Deraspe * Lighting Design
  • David Zimmerman Wig & Make Up Design
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
  • Kathleen Stakenas * Associate Director
  • Roxanne Foster * Assistant Choreographer
  • Emily May Sung * Assistant Chorus Master
  • Jenny Harber Stage Manager
  • Gregory Boyle Assistant Stage Manager
  • Sara Prince Assistant Stage Manager
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Giacomo Puccini

The Composer

Giacomo Puccini

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, born on December 22, 1858, started the operatic trend toward realism with his popular works, which are among the most often performed in opera history. But the fame and fortune that came with such successes as La BohèmeMadama Butterfly and Tosca were complicated by an often-troubled personal life. Puccini died of post-operative shock on November 29, 1924. Learn more about Puccini

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