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Witness an opera with a delightfully exotic setting, succulent with poetry and myth. In a world where love and fear are inseparable, and death seems to forever loom in the distance, ‘Nessun Dorma’ is amongst its most spectacular moments.

Why Watch Turandot

An Italian composer who was considered to be one of the greatest of his time, Giacomo Puccini was well-known for his ‘10 Beautiful Operas’. Three of them are among the top 10 operas performed across the globe. Turandot is one such opera. It was the last opera that he ever composed and was event left unfinished due to his untimely death. Every rendition of this opera has an interesting take on how it should have ended, making it a fresh experience each time. Watch the famous conductor Christian Badea return to Australia, all set to conduct a fabulous cast including Lise Lindstrom, Karah Son, and Fraccaro. This legendary opera of Puccini’s traces the story of a savage princess and a lion-hearted suitor who is ready to sacrifice anything in exchange for her love.

This rendition of Turandot is a highly theatrical and visually striking production created by the choreographer and director Graeme Murphy. He skillfully uses hues, flow, and the power of movement to create dramatic motifs on stage. By reimagining China to be filled with fantasy and myth, he circumvents the arduousness of Puccini’s tense orientalism. Instead, he brings out a quaint and irresistible beauty that Puccini himself hoped to capture.

The Story

The story revolves around a charming yet a brutal princess, Turandot, who dares her suitors to answer three riddles; riddles on the agony of death. No one has ever borne fruitful at the task at hand. Calaf is a prince from a distant land, who is as brave as he is selfish. After witnessing the beheading of a rival suitor by the princess herself, he falls desperately in love with her. He ignores the pleas of a slave-girl who is in love with the prince and disregards the wishes of his exiled father and announces his love to Turandot. He is presented with the riddles, and to Turandot’s shock, the prince successfully answers all of them. Watching Turandot despair, the prince decides to take pity on her and offers the brutal princess a riddle. How will the princess answer the riddle? What fate awaits the selfish prince?

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Opera Enthusiasts | Fans of Dramas

Critics Reviews

“Graeme Murphy’s lavish production is nearly three decades old yet still makes a commanding impact.”
– Arts Hub

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Show Details

Show Timings

19th Nov - 6th Dec 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM

2 hours and 45 minutes, including two intervals.

Leading Roles
Lise Lindstrom as Turandot
Walter Fraccaro as Calaf
Karah Son as Liu
Richard Anderson as Timur

Graeme Murphy

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 12 and up. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Available Facilities
In-house bar
Assisitive Hearing
Wheelchair accessible

The Melbourne State Theatre has a seating capacity of 2,079.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out the Arts Centre's wide range of bars, restaurants and cafes.

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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 Arts Centre Melbourne about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.

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