puccini / turandot


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EVENING SHOWS June 23 | June 30 | July 8
MATINEE SHOWS June 25 | July 13 | July 16

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Text by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
First performance: Milan; Teatro alla Scala, April 25, 1926
Previously performed at Des Moines Metro Opera: 1998 & 2002

Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend where the beautiful Princess Turandot reigns with an iron fist and an icy heart. So beautiful is she that Princes came by the hundreds from all over the world to vie for her love. In order to win that love, each suitor must answer three riddles. Those who fail will face beheading as a warning to all those still waiting. When a mysterious suitor emerges victorious, Turandot finds herself confounded by the most profound riddle of them all—love. Experience the pageantry of Imperial China, the relentless pursuit of ambitious suitors, the icy resolve of Turandot and the exquisite capitulation of emotions as love finally conquers all. One of the grandest operas of them all including what may be the world’s most popular aria today –“Nessun Dorma.” Dramatic soprano Alexandra LoBianco returns for her role debut as Princess Turandot and tenor Jonathan Burton returns as the Calaf.

Princess TurandotAlexandra LoBianco
Emperor AltoumRyan C. Connelly
TimurFederico De Michelis
CalafJonathan Burton
LiùVanessa Vasquez
PingMichael Adams
PangBrian Frutiger
PongChris Carr
A MandarinTimothy Bruno
The Prince of PersiaTBA

ConductorDavid Neely
Stage DirectorStephanie Sundine
Associate ConductorStefano Sarzani
Assistant Stage DirectorRebecca Herman
Chorus MasterLisa Hasson
Musical PreparationElden Little
Scenic DesignerR. Keith Brumley
Costume DesignerMary Traylor for Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Lighting DesignerBarry Steele
Make-Up/Hair DesignerBrittany Crinson for Elsen Associates
Stage ManagerTBA