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A scene from the opera Turandot
Photograph: Prudence Upton

Time Out says

Puccini's tale of an ice-cold princess and her brave soldier suitor is the source of opera's greatest hit

Director and choreographer Graeme Murphy's 1990 take on Turandot is one of Opera Australia's true evergreen productions. Almost three decades after its premiere, it still looks fabulous, driven by dance and an otherworldly design. The story concerns a beautiful and brutal princess who challenges suitors to answer three riddles – if they fail they are beheaded. Yonghoon Lee and Ivan Gyngazov will share the role of Calaf, the brave prince who sings Pavarotti’s greatest hit, ‘Nessun Dorma’, the incredible aria that expresses Calaf’s determination to win the princess's hand. Turandot is a huge undertaking: it requires a large orchestra to perform that includes 13 tuned Chinese gongs.

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Written by
Ben Neutze


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