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Opera in Concert: Turandot by PucciniSunday, 30th March 2014 - 4:00 PM Doors open 3.00pm Buy Now
Scottish Opera presents Puccini’s final opera. It is a fitting finale to his astonishing career – epic, exciting, full of drama and packed with melody. Written for a cast and orchestra of over 160, this huge work features some of the some of the most thrilling music in Italian opera, including ‘the’ tenor aria made so famous by Luciano Pavarotti : ‘Nessun Dorma’.
Turandot, daughter of the emperor Altoum, has promised to marry whoever can solve her three riddles. To try and fail means execution but to Turandot’s horror, an unknown prince gives three correct answers. Turning the tables, he swears to go willingly to his death if she can but guess his name. With the whole city under threat of death unless they reveal his secret, it falls to Liὑ, a slave girl harbouring a secret passion, to save him from the baying crowd and teach them all the true nature of love.
This one-off concert performance follows the sell-out success of I puritani in 2011 and Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in 2012, and takes the Company to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall for the first time since 2010. Conducted by Francesco Corti, Turandot features a wealth of talent on stage, including Welsh tenor Ryland Davies, British soprano Claire Rutter, and world-famous bass-baritone Sir Willard White.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles.