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Washington National Opera

Turandot

Opera House

Love makes a princess stronger in this glorious production by Francesca Zambello, offering a Turandot for our times.

Please be advised that this production includes references to sexual violence and includes some mature themes, including brief onstage depictions of violence.

May 11 - 25, 2024

Production Information

  • Genre

    Opera

  • Price Range

    $45.00 – $299.00

  • Runtime

    TBA

  • WNO Season Sponsor

    General Dynamics

Program

WORLD PREMIERE

Her heart is a riddle only love can solve.

Powerful princess Turandot plays by her own rules. She invites any suitor to marry her, but first they’ll have to correctly solve three riddles—or face a gruesome death. The men are dropping like flies until Prince Calaf cracks the code. When he poses his own riddle back to Turandot, she finally has a glimpse at true love. But will Turandot’s icy heart freeze love out?

Color… pageantry… spectacle… there’s a reason why Turandot is at the top of the opera canon. Puccini’s final work mesmerizes with its sumptuous music, from the alluring overture to Prince Calaf’s passionate “Nessun dorma,” one of the world’s most famous arias ever written. Grammy Award®–winning composer Christopher Tin, known for his film and video game soundtracks, and acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Susan Soon He Stanton offer a compelling new world premiere ending to Puccini’s final, unfinished work. 

Turandot will let audience members decide for themselves: is Turandot mercilessly cruel, or justifiably cautious?

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Music by Giacomo Puccini and Christopher Tin / Libretto by Giuseppe Adami, Renato Simoni, and Susan Soon He Stanton

In Italian with Projected English Titles
Composed 1924
New Production/World Premiere Ending

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Save the date: Celebrate the opening of Turandot with the Opera Gala on May 11, 2024. Explore this special evening and package opportunities!

The Riddle of Turandot

Washington National Opera’s new production of Puccini’s Turandot seeks to reclaim the dignity of opera’s icy queen. With her commission of a new finale from playwright Susan Soon He Stanton and composer Christopher Tin, director Francesca Zambello is bringing a Turandot for our times, exploding past cultural appropriation and gender dynamics to reveal deeper, lasting truths about these incomplete characters.

The Riddle of Turandot

Washington National Opera’s new production of Puccini’s Turandot seeks to reclaim the dignity of opera’s icy queen. With her commission of a new finale from playwright Susan Soon He Stanton and composer Christopher Tin, director Francesca Zambello is bringing a Turandot for our times, exploding past cultural appropriation and gender dynamics to reveal deeper, lasting truths about these incomplete characters.

Cast

CAST NOTE: The character names in Turandot come directly from Puccini’s original score. 

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