Franco Zeffirelli’s unrivalled production returns with Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska making her Met role debut as the legendary cold-hearted Princess Turandot.

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Franco Zeffirelli’s unrivalled production returns with Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska making her Met role debut as the legendary cold-hearted Princess Turandot.  

Prince Calaf falls in love with the Princess Turandot but in order to obtain permission to marry her, a suitor must solve three riddles. Any single wrong answer will result in the suitor's execution. Calaf passes the test, but Turandot refuses to marry him. He offers her a way out: if she is able to guess his name before dawn the next day, he will accept death.

Tenor Yonghoon Lee, reprising his 2015 and 2019 Opera Australia role as Calaf, the bold Prince determined to win Turandot’s love, sings Nessun dorma, Let no one sleep, one of the best-known tenor arias in all opera.

International star in the making, American soprano Michelle Bradley is the devoted servant Liù and Ferruccio Furlanetto plays the blind king Timur.

Charismatic Italian Marco Armiliato, who has led more than 450 performances at the Met since his 1998 debut, conducts Puccini’s stirring score.

Franco Zeffirelli designed and directed his new production of Turandot in March 1987 – with Eva Marton in the title role opposite Plácido Domingo as Calàf and with Maestro James Levine on the podium. In the 34 Met seasons since, this visually stunning production has been revived 17 times.

Turandot is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

A screening of the broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera 2021-22 Season in New York.

Please Note: the dates of Metropolitan Opera productions may be subject to change.

Duration 3 hours 25 minutes, including 2 intervals.

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Statement from Metropolitan Opera

March 3, 2022

Not complying with the Met’s condition that she repudiate her public support for Vladimir Putin while he wages war on Ukraine, soprano Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from her upcoming Met performances in Puccini's Turandot, as well as the run of Verdi's Don Carlo next season. “It is a great artistic loss for the Met and for opera,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “Anna is one of the greatest singers in Met history, but with Putin killing innocent victims in Ukraine, there was no way forward.”

Netrebko will be replaced in Turandot by soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska. Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, who has sung Turandot previously at the Ukrainian National Opera and at the Bolshoi, made her Met debut in 2012, singing the title role in Verdi’s Aida, which she again sang with the company in 2014. Her other Met roles include the title character in Puccini’s Tosca, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco. She has also performed widely at many leading opera houses, including Milan’s La Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Barcelona’s Gran Theatre del Liceu, and many others.


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