TURANDOT at Lyric Opera of Chicago
performances through January 27
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a new to Chicago production of Turandot, Puccini’s glorious final work. This is a truly Grand Opera by the beloved composer of La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, with dazzling scale and spectacle and a mighty 84-voice chorus.
Turandot opens with performances through January 27 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. Individual tickets start at $69 and are available now at lyricopera.org/Turandot or at 312-827-5600. Discounted tickets for children ($20-50 with purchase of adult tickets) may be reserved by phone only. This is the most family-friendly opera this season, and makes a perfect gift to be enjoyed by all ages.
Turandot (1926), which premiered after the composer’s death, showcases his magnificent melodic outpourings (including the tenor’s celebrated “Nessun dorma”) and reveals Puccini at his peak as a creator of exotically beautiful orchestration. Set in ancient China, the story centers on the icy Princess Turandot (Amber Wagner), who will marry the prince who answers her three riddles correctly, but any suitor who fails is put to death. Calaf (Stefano La Colla/U.S. debut) is the unknown prince who falls in love with Turandot at first sight and, victorious in the riddles, challenges her to learn his name. Calaf is loved by the slave Liù (Maria Agresta – December, Janai Brugger – January, both Lyric debuts), who serves his father Timur (Andrea Silvestrelli), the exiled Tartar king. The lighter side of the opera is contributed by Turandot’s three lively ministers – Ping (Zachary Nelson), Pang (Rodell Rosel), and Pong (Keith Jameson).
A classic production not previously seen in Chicago, directed by Rob Kearley (Lyric directorial debut). Allen Charles Klein \(Lyric debut) is set and costume designer,
Chris Maravich is lighting designer,
Michael Black is chorus master, and
August Tye is movement director.
Performance dates for Turandot are Jan. 10, 13 and 27 at 7:30 pm; and Jan. 17 and 21 at 2 pm. For tickets and information call (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org/Turandot
Estimated running time is 3 hours, including two 25-minute intermissions.