Though Puccini's first interest in the subject was based on his reading of Friedrich Schiller's 1801 adaptation of the play, his work is most nearly based on the earlier text Turandot by Carlo Gozzi. The original story is based on Turan-Dokht (daughter of Turan) from the epic Haft Peykar (The Seven Beauties), work of 12th-century Persian poet Nizami. The opera's story is set in China and involves Prince Calaf, who falls in love with the cold Princess Turandot. To obtain permission to marry her, a suitor has to solve three riddles; any wrong answer results in death. Calaf passes the test, but Turandot still refuses to marry him. He offers her a way out: if she is able to learn his name before dawn the next day, then at daybreak he will die.
Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni (Based on "Turandot" by Carlo Gozzi)
Date of composition
(1920-1924. The opera was unfinished at the time of Puccini's death in 1924, and was completed by Franco Alfano in 1926.)
- Turandot, principessa (Princess)
- Altoum, padre di Turandot, imperatore della Cina (Turandot's father)
- Timur, re tartaro spodestato (the deposed King of Tartary)
- Calaf, il Principe Ignoto, figlio di Timur (The Unknown Prince, Timur's son)
- LiÃº, giovane schiava, guida di Timur (a slave girl)
- Ping, Gran Cancelliere (Lord Chancellor)
- Pang, Gran Provveditore (Majordomo)
- Pong, Gran Cuciniere (Head chef of the Imperial Kitchen)
- Un Mandarino (A Mandarin)
- Il Principe di Persia (The Prince of Persia)
- Il Boia (Pu-Tin-Pao) (The Executioner (Pu-Tin-Pao
- Guardie imperiali - Servi del boia - Ragazzi - Sacerdoti - Mandarini - Dignitari - Gli otto sapienti - Ancelle di Turandot - Soldati - Portabandiera - Ombre dei morti - Folla (Imperial guards, the executioner's men, boys, priests, mandarins, dignitaries,
Luciano Pavarotti sings "Nessun dorma" from Turandot (The Three Tenors in Concert 1994)
Renowned Italian tenor Pavarotti (1935–2007) sings the aria from the final act of Puccini's opera Turandot, live in concert with The Three Tenors in Los Angeles in 1994. Watch the full performance, newly available in digital video: https://w.lnk.to/The3TenorsLY
The Three Tenors (José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti) are joined by conductor Zubin Mehta, the L.A. Philharmonic, and the L.A. Music Center Opera Chorus.
A Tibor Rudas production.
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Nessun Dorma from Turandot by Puccini is a famous aria. Like Domingo or Pavarotti, this tenor sings another spectacular version of this aria with a big high b at the end.
Solomon Chong from Malaysia singing Puccini's famous aria Nessun Dorma.
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Performed by Jose Carreras
"Nessun dorma" (Italian: [nesˈsun ˈdɔrma]; English: "None shall sleep") is an aria from the final act of Giacomo Puccini's frequently performed opera Turandot and is one of the best-known tenor arias in all opera. It is sung by Calaf, il principe ignoto (the unknown prince), who falls in love at first sight with the beautiful but cold Princess Turandot. However, any man who wishes to wed Turandot must first answer her three riddles; if he fails, he will be beheaded. In the aria, Calaf expresses his triumphant assurance that he will win the princess.
Although "Nessun dorma" has long been a staple of operatic recitals, Luciano Pavarotti popularized the piece beyond the opera world in the 1990s following his performance of it for the 1990 World Cup. Both Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo released singles of the aria that charted in the United Kingdom, and it appeared on the best selling classical album of all time, The Three Tenors in Concert. Since that time, many crossover artists have performed and recorded it. The aria has been sung often in movies and on television. Unusually for a classical piece, it has become a part of popular culture.
Turandot - 'Nessun dorma' (Marco Berti, The Royal Opera)
Marco Berti (Prince Calaf) sings 'Nessun Dorma' from Puccini's Turandot. One of the most famous of all arias, 'Nessun Dorma' reached number 2 in the British charts in 1990, and was performed at the Fifa World Cup.
Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/turandot-by-andrei-serban
'I will win' exclaims Prince Calaf as he boldly sets out to thaw the heart of the ice princess Turandot. In the final months of his life Puccini struggled to depict Calaf's triumph: he died before finishing the final act. Turandot was completed by Franco Alfano two years later and given its premiere in 1926 at La Scala, Milan. During this initial performance the conductor Arturo Toscanini famously laid down his baton in Act III, declaring 'at this point, the Maestro died'. Turandot has gone on to have great worldwide success.
Puccini creates a rich soundworld for this dark and erotic fairytale. The opera contains many memorable arias, from 'Signore, ascolta', as Liù appeals to Calaf not to attempt Turandot's deadly riddles, to Turandot's defiant 'In questa reggia', as well as 'Nessun dorma', sung as Calaf anticipates winning the Princess's hand. Andrei Serban's staging -- one of the most spectacular in The Royal Opera's repertory -- transports an audience to a beautiful but savage world. Sally Jacobs's colourful sets and costumes are inspired by ancient Chinese culture, reflecting the traditional Chinese melodies woven into the score.
Kate Flatt (Choreographer), Sally Jacobs (Designs), Henrik Nánási (Conductor), Lise Lindstrom (Lise Lindstrom) Eri Nakamura (Liù) in Puccini's final opera.
Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/turandot