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Thu 18 Oct 2007

Where: St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place, Wellington


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Listed by: New Zealand Opera

The NBR New Zealand Opera presents the Genesis Energy Spring Season of Puccini's


Puccini's final work of genius - first performed two years after his death - is opera at its most telling and memorable. Against vivid and evocative music, tyranny and cruelty do battle with self-sacrifice, loyalty and love.

The icy princess Turandot refuses to let any man have her. Princes seek her out, but she ensures their defeat by demanding that they answer three impossible riddles - on pain of death. All have failed and been executed until a young foreign prince, smitten with her, makes his bid. A high-stakes battle of wits follows, with results both shocking and thrilling.

This bold production was conceived for Welsh National Opera by Christopher Alden, one of America's foremost stage directors. His interpretation of Turandot, casting a penetrating eye on power and conformity, will take audiences on a remarkable emotional journey. The music of Turandot is full of pathos and magnificence - the beautiful Nessun Dorma is only one of many highlights. Leading a cast of top New Zealand and international singers, star soprano Margaret Medlyn makes her unmissable debut in the towering role of Turandot.

Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni, after Carlo Gozzi

A Welsh National Opera production

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

With the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus
Accompanied by the Vector Wellington Orchestra

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