Date(s) - 03/26/2017
George Mason University Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Sat 8pm and Sun 2pm
Puccini’s grandiose opera brings the splendor of imperial China to life with this epic tale of revenge, power, and love. The vengeful princess Turandot will marry only if a suitor can meet her challenge. Answer three riddles correctly or face doom. When a young handsome prince succeeds, she still resists and so he offers a challenge of his own: learn his name by dawn and he will forfeit his life. One of opera’s most lavish works, the score includes the well-known tenor aria, “Nessun dorma.” This is Puccini’s last opera; in fact, the final scene was completed by Franco Alfano after the maestro’s death. Laced with exoticism and an innovative use of chorus, it is a powerful work and considered one of his finest. Don’t miss Virginia Opera’s elegant new production of this timeless masterpiece. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.