Ep. 12 Turandot by Puccini broadcast 10.15.17
On this episode of Opera for Everyone we listen to Turandot, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni.
The opera's version of the 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.
Prince Calaf's famous aria "Nessun Dorma" tells the story of Turandot's proclamation that "No one sleeps" so they can discover the name of the mysterious prince.
In the end, Turandot doesn't discover his name, and he melts her heart and they are married.
The opera was first performed in 1926, and although Puccini died in 1924 shortly before he finished the opera, it was completed by Franco Alfano.