To mark the centennial anniversary of Giacomo Puccini’s death, Turandot will be staged by internationally acclaimed director, Andrei Șerban.
The plot unfolds in another era, in far-flung, unfamiliar China, where Princess Turandot is to marry whoever can answer the three riddles she sets. Those who tried and failed paid with their lives. Dazzled by her exquisite beauty, a prince and stranger insists on trying his luck and succeeds but Turandot refuses to marry him. The prince offers her the chance to free herself of the obligation provided she can discover his name before the break of dawn.
In 1924, Puccini died before he could complete the work, leaving the opera unfinished. Turandot was completed by the composer Franco Alfano, while the composer Luciano Berio proposed a new and different ending for the opera in 2001.
Why Athens Tip: This performance of La Traviata will feature subtitles in both English and Greek.
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