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TURANDOT

TURANDOT

A wonder tale about a cruel Chinese princess and a fierce prince Calaf, filled with eroticism and overpowering feelings, can be interpreted as a story of eternal battle of the sexes. It shows flesh and blood characters in their contradictions and throes of passion which becomes a key to learn about our subconscience. “Turandot” is the last and unfinished opera of Giacomo Puccini, the one in which his creative forces were in their prime, and the opus reached the expressiveness never achieved before. The work was interrupted by the composer’s death, and the finale was written by Franco Alfano. Will prince Calaf escape a tragic death? Will princess Turandot overcome the relentless desire of her heart?

SYNOPSIS

The subject of the opera is a complete novelty in Puccini’s work. While searching for a fascinating story, for the first time he turned to wonder tales and chose one originating in the faraway China. The story takes place in old-time Peking. Princess Turandot vowed to never marry unless the bachelor manages to solve her three riddles. A wrong answer results in a capital punishment, and the executioner eliminates one suitor after another. Meanwhile the princess encounters prince Calaf, who is astonished by her beauty. He gives her the three correct answers, but seeing the princess humiliated, he proposes another game. If the proud empress solves his puzzle, she will be able to take his life.

PRODUCTION

The day of the premiere, the conductor, Toscanini, put down his baton after the scene of Liù’s death. He turned to the public and said: “This is the moment when Giacomo Puccini stopped his work. It seems that death overpowered art this time.” That is why in the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic’s production, for the first time in Poland, Puccini’s “Turandot” will be performed without the additional ending by Franco Alfano.


World premiere: 26 IV 1926, Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Premiere: 7 XII 2018

I–II 2019
Italian (Polish subtitles)
50–110 PLN
Main Stage
Odeska 1
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Authors

Music: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni

Creators

Music Director: Grzegorz Berniak
Adaptation and Director: Marek Weiss
Set Designer and Lighting Director: Paweł Dobrzycki
Choreographer and Costume Designer: Izadora Weiss
Choir Director: Violetta Bielecka
Children’s Choir Director: Ewa Barbara Rafałko
Assistant Conductor: Maciej Tomasiewicz
Pianist-Répétiteur: Tetyana Dranchuk
Producer: Damian Tanajewski and Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic
Executive Producer: Anna Jakubowska-Podsiad
Assistant Director: Rafał Supiński

CREATIVE TEAM

Pianist-Choir Répétiteur: Monika Bierć
Pianist-Accompanist: Karina Komendera, Anna Krzysztofik-Buczyńska
Stage Managers: Maria Mitrosz, Radosław Zabłocki
Sound Technicians: Krzysztof Wolfard, Jacek Dziemidowicz, Karol Kopeć, Michał Kuźmicki, Bogumił Maleszewski
Lighting Technicians: Mateusz Łukaszuk, Mateusz Bułatewicz, Karol Łobaczewski, Mateusz Roman Pawelec
Multimedia Technicians: Robert Burzyński, Adam Ostaszewski, Anna Maria Ołdytowska
Stage Technicians/Extras: Tomasz Parejko, Grzegorz Czarnomysy, Jarosław Bancerek, Daniel Bąk, Piotr Bielawski, Artur Chajęcki, Krzysztof Gromotowicz, Dominik Gruszewski, Marcin Korsak, Tomasz Kossakowski, Rafał Mlenko, Łukasz Nieścierewicz, Piotr Przygoda, Mariusz Szymański, Andrzej Świderski
Theatrical Make-up: Marta Lewkowska
Make-up: Marta Lewkowska, Magdalena Szałaj, Paulina Gudewicz
Beards: Magdalena Szałaj
Prop Master: Aneta Komenda
Wardrobe Supervisors: Barbara Rożko, Tamara Fiedoruk, Teresa Kiejko, Eliza Matejczyk, Grażyna Polak, Marzena Śmietało
Stage Technicians: Tomasz Dąbrowski, Jerzy Juszkiewicz, Kamil Niezgoda
Planning Managers: Agnieszka Hryniewicka, Joanna Dolecka, Ewa Gąsiewska, Joanna Głuszek, Joanna Maliszewska, Diana Wądołowska
Marketing, Advertising and Audience Services: Sylwia Lubiniecka, Katarzyna Baszko, Ilona Godlewska, Kazimierz Jaszczołt, Marek Jóźwik, Ilona Karpiuk-Dąbrowska, Małgorzata Kun, Iwona Matosek, Alicja Olejnik-Kuźmicka, Iwona Pietrzyk, Agnieszka Sienkiewicz

Cast

Turandot
Wioletta Chodowicz / Ewa Vesin
Calaf
Rafał Bartmiński / Tomasz Kuk
Liù
Marcelina Beucher / Katarzyna Trylnik
Timur
Remigiusz Łukomski / Grzegorz Szostak
Ping
Arek Anyszka / Jaromir Trafankowski
Pang
Aleksander Kunach / Ryszard Minkiewicz
Pong
Łukasz Załęski / Adam Zdunikowski
The Emperor
Paweł Cichoński / Krzysztof Stankiewicz
A Mandarin
Dariusz Machej / Maciej Nerkowski
Little Turandot
Amelia Gabrylewska / Hanna Karetko
I Priestess
Joanna Markowska / Justyna Zamaryka
II Priestess
Marta Antkowiak / Swietłana Łukaszewicz
The Prince of Persia
Leszek Gaiński / Piotr Skibowski

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra

Dancers

Marta Barossi
Ieva Ievina
Lena Paetsch
Nadja Simchen
Maya Triay
Giuseppe Bencivenga
Beniamin Citkowski
Peter Džubera
Joshua Feist
Mateusz Sobczak

Dates

Sat 12 Jan 2019
Main Stage
Available: 66
Sun 13 Jan 2019
Main Stage
Sat 19 Jan 2019
Main Stage
Sun 20 Jan 2019
Main Stage
Sat 26 Jan 2019
Main Stage
Sun 27 Jan 2019
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Fri 1 Feb 2019
Main Stage
Sat 2 Feb 2019
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Sun 3 Feb 2019
Main Stage
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