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 Giacomo Puccini’s last opera needs no introduction. After a 20 year absence, Turandot returns to the Teatro Real in a new production by one of the greatest stage directors of the 20th and 21st centuries: Robert Wilson, the creator of unforgettable images in The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic and Pelléas et Mélisande. In a cast led by Irene Theorin, Gregory Kunde and Yolanda Auyanet, the Associate Musical Director of the Teatro Real, Nicola Luisotti, conducts one of the greatest operas of Italian repertory.

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Dramma lirico in three acts

Music by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), finished by Franco Alfano (1875-1954)
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami y Renato Simoni, based upon the fable of the same name by Carlo Gozzi
Premiered at the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, on 25 April 1926
Premiered at the Teatro Real on 14 February 1998
New production by the Teatro Real, in co-production with the Canadian Opera Company of Toronto, and the National Theatre of Lithuania

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)
Pequeños Cantores de la ORCAM

Approximate running time

Starting Point

Giacomo Puccini wrote what would be his last opera while he – in the illness of old age– felt the same as the world that surrounded him; immersed in convulsive political vicissitudes, staggering and tottering. However in spite of that, he continued to work steadily on an opera, which unfortunately, he would leave unfinished. Based on an epic Persian poem from the XII century, Turandot gave the composer the opportunity to delve into a new universe of sound and plot. There the exoticism and eroticism, so distant in space and time, undoubtedly seduced him, as did the important character of the protagonist: the Chinese princess apparently incapable of loving, who nevertheless, finally gives up her thirst for beheading her suitors when she finds herself irremediably captivated by one of them. The transformation of the princess from being cruel with certain pathological and sadistic traits, to a vulnerable woman in love, is depicted in a ritualistic manner. In addition Puccini made a special effort to make the psychology and interior evolution of this character more understandable than ever. In the letters that the composer wrote in that period, an unmistakable anxiety to share his creative process can be read, including all its inevitable ups and downs. These letters reflect the passion for the work he was immersed in, and for the occupation to which he dedicated his whole life, which was so fully recognized, prior to his being surprised by death.

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Nicola Luisotti
  • Stage director, set and lighting designer: Robert Wilson
  • Co-stage director: Nicola Panzer
  • Associate set designer: Stephanie Engeln
  • Costume designer: Jacques Reynaud
  • Associate light designer: John Torres
  • Make-up Artist: Manu Halligan
  • Video: Tomek Jeziorski
  • Dramaturg: José Enrique Macián
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
  • Children's Chorus Master: Ana González
  • Stage Director assistant: Giovanni Firpo
  • Costume designer assistant : Davide Boni
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  • Princess Turandot: Irene Theorin (Nov. 30 · Dec. 3, 6, 9, 12, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30)
    Oksana Dyka (Dec. 2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 19, 26, 29)
  • Emperor Altoum: Raúl Giménez
  • Timur: Andrea Mastroni (Nov. 30 · Dec. 3, 6, 9, 12, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30)
    Giorgi Kirof (Dec. 2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 19, 26, 29)
  • Calaf: Gregory Kunde (Nov. 30 · Dec. 3, 6, 9, 12, 16, 20)
    Roberto Aronica (Dec. 2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 19, 26, 29)
    Jae-Hyoeung Kim (Dec. 23, 27, 30)
  • Liù: Yolanda Auyanet (Nov. 30 · Dec. 3, 6, 9, 12, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30)
    Miren Urbieta-Vega (Dec. 2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 19, 26, 29)
  • Ping: Joan Martín-Royo
  • Pang: Vicenç Esteve
  • Pong: Juan Antonio Sanabria
  • A Mandarin: Gerardo Bullón
*Important advice: Soprano Nina Stemme has canceled her participation in the opera Turandot due to justified illness. She will be replaced by Irene Theorin (November 30 and December 3, 6, 9, 12, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30), who will play the title role alternating with Oksana Dyka (2, 5, 8, December 11, 15, 19, 26 and 29) in the 18 planned functions.

Performance Dates

  • 30 NOV (F) 20:00h
  • 2 DEC (S) 18:00h
  • 3 DEC (M) 20:00h
  • 5 DEC (W) 20:00h
  • 6 DEC (T) 20:00h
  • 8 DEC (S) 20:00h
  • 9 DEC (S) 18:00h
  • 11 DEC (T) 20:00h
    Turn D
  • 12 DEC (W) 20:00h
    Turn B
  • 15 DEC (S) 20:00h
    Turn G
  • 16 DEC (S) 18:00h
    Abono Selección I
  • 19 DEC (W) 20:00h
    Turn C
  • 20 DEC (T) 20:00h
    Separately from season tickets
  • 23 DEC (S) 18:00h
    Turn W
  • 26 DEC (W) 20:00h
    Turn Y
  • 27 DEC (T) 20:00h
    Turn V
  • 29 DEC (S) 20:00h
    Abono Selección II
  • 30 DEC (S) 18:00h
    Separately from season tickets
  • Place: Main Auditorium

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