Met Live Opera: Turandot


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Oct 12, 2019 10:00 AM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Oct 12, 2019 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, May 7 10:00 AM
Film Info
Event Type:Met Live Opera
Run Time:3 hours, 15 minutes
Met Company
Conductor:Marco Armiliato
Opera Company:Liudmyla Monastyrska (Turandot)
Ermonela Jaho (Liù)
Yonghoon Lee (Calàf)
Ferruccio Furlanetto (Timur)
Production:Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer:Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designer:Anna Anni
Dada Saligeri
Lighting Designer:Gil Wechsler
Choreographer:Chiang Ching


Giacomo Puccini’s


Cast: Liudmyla Monastyrska (Turandot), Ermonela Jaho (Liù), Yonghoon Lee (Calàf), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Timur)

There will be a pre-opera talk led by Deborah Raymond one hour before the performance.

Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska plays Puccini’s icy princess — live in cinemas on May 7. Tenor Yonghoon Lee is the bold prince determined to win Turandot’s love, alongside soprano Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liù and legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini’s stirring opera, which takes the stage in the company’s dazzling, ever-popular production by Franco Zeffirelli.

Act I
Legendary Peking. Any prince seeking to marry Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If he fails, he will die. Among the crowd, Cala`f discovers his long-lost father, Timur. As the latest failed suitor goes to his death, the crowd calls upon the princess to spare him, but Turandot orders the execution to proceed. Transfixed by her beauty, Calàf decides to win her. Timur and the slave girl Liu`, as well as the ministers Ping, Pang, and Pong, try to discourage him. Cala`f is determined nonetheless.

Act II
Ping, Pang, and Pong dream of their country homes, but the noise of the crowd gathering calls them back to reality. Turandot arrives for the riddle ceremony. After Cala`f answers all three correctly, the princess begs her father not to give her to the stranger. Cala`f offers Turandot a challenge of his own: If she can learn his name by dawn, he will forfeit his life.

Ping, Pang, and Pong try to bribe Cala`f to leave the city. Soldiers drag in Liu` and Timur. Despite being tortured, Liu` refuses to reveal the stranger’s identity. She snatches a dagger and kills herself. Turandot confronts Cala`f, who impetuously kisses her. Turandot finally feels emotions, and sure of winning her, Cala`f reveals his identity. Before the court, Turandot declares that the stranger’s name is Love.