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Witness a revival of Puccini’s final masterpiece, as renowned director and producer Franco Zeffirelli, brings the opera back to life with a supremely talented cast at its helm.

Why Watch Turandot

A masterpiece, and the final work by Giacomo Puccini, Turandot is one of the most widely performed operas in the world. It features an unusual and inventive score, using the orchestra and chorus in innovative ways. Although the final scene was completed by composer Franco Alfano, the appeal is still recognizably Puccini. The large orchestra uses a variety of instruments, including bass, xylophone, harps, celesta, and an organ. Chinese elements and themes can be heard in the score, and the imperial anthem in Act II stands out. The tenor’s song of triumph, ‘Nessun Dorma’ is breathtaking to hear and the sheer melodic beauty of Puccini’s composition is guaranteed to leave you awestruck. Franco Zeffirelli, in charge of directing the production, was a renowned director and producer of films, operas, and television shows. Most famous for his 1968 film, Romeo and Juliet, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, several of his operatic productions have gone on to become classics.

The Story

In the ancient city of Peking, several suitors come to win the hand of a beautiful princess named Turandot. Any prince who seeks to marry Turandot, however, must answer three riddles. If he fails to answer any one of them, he will be executed. The Prince of Persia is the most recent suitor and is scheduled to be executed during moonrise. The onlookers include Calaf, an old man, Timur, and the slave girl, Liu. As Turandot wordlessly orders the execution of the prince, Calaf is transfixed by her beauty and decides to win her hand. Liu and Timur are shocked and attempt to discourage Calaf but to no avail.

When Turnadot poses the three riddles to Calaf, he answers without hesitation and wins her hand. Turnadot, however, is distraught. Hoping to win her love, Calaf tells her that if she can learn his name by dawn, he will forfeit his life. Will Turandot uncover the stranger’s name? Can she finally experience emotion and love?

Good For

Opera Buffs | Lovers of Dramatic Opera | Fans of Giacomo Puccini

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Opening: 19 Oct, 2019

Show Timings
Please check the calendar for available dates and timings.

Duration
Approximately 3 hrs 2 min, including two intervals which are 40 min and 28 min

Cast
Conductor: Yannick Nezet-Seguin/ Marco Armiliato/ Carlo Rizzi
Christine Goerke/Nina Stemme as Turandot
Eleonora Buratto/ Hibla Gerzmava as Liu
Yusif Eyvazov/ Riccardo Massi/ Alejandro Roy/ Marco Berti as Calaf

Composed By
Giacomo Puccini

Produced By
Franco Zeffirelli

Additional Information

Photography and recording devices are strictly prohibited during the performance

Audience
To be confirmed

Availability
Wheelchair Accessible
In-House Bar
Coat Check

Seating
The Metropolitan Opera House has a seating capacity of 3800

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

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Theater Address

Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA

Getting There

  • By Subway: Get off at 66 St - Lincoln Center Subway Station using lines 1 or 2. The Metropolitan Opera House is just a 5-minute walk from here.
  • By Bus: Get off at Broadway/W 64 St using buses M5 or M7 or at Broadway/W 63 St using bus M104. The theatre is located across the street to the left. Alternatively, get off at Amsterdam Ave/W 62 St using bus M11. The theatre is located on the right.

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