Strand offers broadcast of Puccini opera Oct. 12

Sep 26, 2019
Photo by: Met Opera Soprano Christine Goerke in the title role of Puccini’s "Turandot."

ROCKLAND — The 2019 - 2020 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre opens Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. with a simulcast of Puccini’s "Turandot." An encore broadcast will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m.

Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production returns to cinemas, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer music director, conducting his first Puccini opera with the company. Powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke takes on the icy title princess. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov is the mysterious prince Calàf, alongside soprano Eleonora Buratto as Liù and bass-baritone James Morris as Timur.

"Turandot" premiered in Milan in 1926. Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi. Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody. The unenviable task of completing the opera’s final scene upon Puccini’s sudden death was left to the composer Franco Alfano. Conductor Arturo Toscanini oversaw Alfano’s contribution and led the world premiere.

The estimated run time is 3 hours, 12 minutes, including two intermissions. Tickets are $27/adults, $15/students 18 and younger, and college students with ID; available at rocklandstrand.com or 594-0070. Encore show tickets available day-of-show at $23/adults, $5/students 18 and younger, and college students with ID. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com, call 594-0070 or email info@rocklandstrand.com. The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main St.

 

 

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