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Turandot - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

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2 hrs 50 mins

Experience an opera about myth and fantasy, and get transported to a world where emotion wells up inside you at the sound of a single note! Witness how bravery and love can triumph everything, in maestro Puccini’s opera revolving around a princess who slays her suitors and an impossibly courageous prince!

Why Watch Turandot

Created by the Giacomo Puccini, who has been hailed as one of the greatest opera composers after Verdi, Turandot explores the elements of love and fear. Death is always around the corner, and if one doesn’t watch their step, they will fall into its clutches. Nessun Dorma, the renowned aria, is from the final act of Turandot, and you will get a chance to listen to it live. With a supremely talented cast at its helm, Turandot captures the underlying raw emotions, hope, fear, and love that Puccini had envisioned while composing the piece. There is no doubt that the sheer beauty of the opera performance will tug at your heartstrings. With direction and choreography by Graeme Murphy and Tahu Matheson conducting a thrilling cast, an unforgettable night awaits you! Do not miss this exclusive experience of hearing one of the greatest pieces of Italian opera live!

The Story

A beautiful and powerful princess, Turandot, challenges all her suitors who come from far and wide to answer 3 riddles on the pain of death to win her hand. A brave prince, Calaf, who is from a foreign land, instantly falls in love with Turandot. The exiled father of the prince attempts to dissuade him from winning over her hand, and so does a slave girl who is in love with the prince. He declares his love for the princess and rings the gong. Turandot appears and puts forth the first riddle. Calaf answers it correctly. Slightly rattled, the princess presents the next riddle. Calaf confidently gives the right answer. Now visibly flustered, Turandot delivers the final riddle. To her despair, the prince answers it correctly again. Calaf takes pity on the princess and offers the princess a riddle of his own, that risks more than just his own life. Who will emerge victorious in this game of love and life? Will Calaf win the hand of the princess or will Turandot be successful in her bid to have the prince executed?

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Fans of Italian Opera | Turandot Fans

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Show Details

Show Timings

27th Feb-30th March 7:30 PM

2 hours, 50 minutes including two intervals

Leading Roles
Dragana Radakovic as Turandot
Andeka Gorrotxategi as Calaf
Mariana Hong as Liu
Richard Anderson as Timur

Graeme Murphy

Tahu Matheson

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 8 and up. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Available Facilities
In-house bar
Wheelchair accessible

The Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House has a seating capacity of 1,507.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

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Moderate Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for groups lesser than 8.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. Your tickets will be available at the Box Office of the Sydney Opera House about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.

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