Première "Turandot" on December 3

On December 3, after almost a decade’s absence, Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot will be returning to the stage of the Bavarian State Opera.

The tale of Princess Turandot and the Unknown Prince will be staged by Carlus Padrissa. The founding member of the Catalonian artists’ troupe La Fura dels Baus tells the story of the unscrupulous heiress to the Chinese throne with an impressive combination of music, theatre, dance, acrobatics and video art.

One of the most sought-after conductors our time, Zubin Mehta, will assume the musical direction of this new production; “I’ve always very much regretted that in my eight years as General Music Director I was never able to conduct a performance of Turandot for logistical reasons. That’s why I’m looking all the more forward to returning to the orchestra pit of the Nationaltheater five years later,” said the former General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera.

American soprano Jennifer Wilson will be making her debut at the house in the role of Princess Turandot. Russian artist Ekaterina Scherbachenko will likewise be heard for the first time at the Bavarian State Opera as Liù. The role of the Unknown Prince will be portrayed by Marco Berti. As the Tartar King Timur Ukrainian basso Alexander Tsymbalyuk will also be introducing himself to Munich audiences.

Live transmission from Munich's Nationaltheater on BR-Klassik. 30 minutes before the performance, live from the lobby of the Nationaltheater: The opening night broadcast with on-the-scene interviews and reports.
Sat., Dec. 03, 2011, 7.00 P.M. CET – 1.00 P.M. EST - 10.00 A.M. PST

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Photo 1 Jennifer Wilson (Turandot)
Photo 2 Marco Berti (Calaf), Jennifer Wilson (Turandot), Ulrich Reß (L'imperatore Altoum)
Photo 3 Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Liù), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Timur, Re tartaro spodestato)

Giacomo Puccini
Sat., Dec. 03, 2011, 7.00 P.M.
Wed., Dec. 07, 2011, 7.00 P.M.
Sat., Dec. 10, 2011, 7.00 P.M.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2011, 7.00 P.M.
Sat., Dec. 17, 2011, 7.00 P.M.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2011, 7.00 P.M.

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December 1, 2011

Turandot: Jennifer Wilson