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Total duration 2 h 45 min
1 intermission (30 min)
12 performances
27.1.2023 – 4.3.2023
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
20-129 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

Only love can set you free

The new, visually stunning version of Puccini’s iconic Turandot at the Finnish National Opera delivers a universal message: regardless of who we are or where we come from, we are all looking for love.

Princess Turandot poses three questions to her suitors, who can only save their life by answering correctly. Prince Calaf surprises the princess by surviving the trial. Will he be able to break through her cold exterior? Could he finally be the person who gives her the freedom to choose for herself?

Turandot is a co-production of the Finnish National Opera and the Malmö Opera.

Suggested age guidance 10+.

Performances and tickets

2 h 45 min
1 intermission (30 min)
12 performances
27.1.2023 – 4.3.2023
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
20-129 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Sat 4.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Wed 8.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Fri 10.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Thu 16.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Sat 18.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Tue 21.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Thu 23.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Thu 2.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Sat 4.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Fri 27.1.2023
at 19:00
Tue 31.1.2023
at 19:00
Thu 2.2.2023
at 19:00

Turandot and Orientalism

Turandot had its world premiere in Italy in 1926. Longing for the remote and the unknown is crystallised in many operas from the turn of the 19th century. Turandot is an example of an Orientalist opera.

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Synopsis

Princess Turandot agrees to marry a suitor who solves three riddles. The punishment for answering incorrectly is death. Calaf decides to ignore everyone’s warnings and proposes to Turandot nonetheless. He takes the princess by surprise by solving all the riddles. Calaf, however, only wants her to marry him for love. He challenges her in turn: Turandot can determine the prince’s fate if she manages to find out his name by the following morning.

Turandot threatens the entire nation with death if the name is not unravelled. Everyone stays up all night, trying to find out who Calaf really is. Two prisoners, Timur and Liù, are brought to Turandot, as they are known to have the answer. When Liù discovers she will be tortured, she kills himself.

As Turandot and Calaf are left alone, Calaf reveals his name to the princess and puts his life into her hands. Turandot tells everyone she has found out the stranger’s name: it is love.

The complete synopsis can be found in the programme leaflet.

Creative team

Music
Giacomo Puccini
Libretto
Giuseppe Adami
Libretto
Renato Simoni
Director
Sofia Adrian Jupither
Sets
Erlend Birkeland
Costumes
Maria Geber
Lighting design
Ellen Ruge
Movement director
Katarina Sörenson

Cast

Pong
Tomas Pavilionis

Listen to Turandot

Watch performance online

Watch live stream of Turandot at our Stage24 video service on Thursday 16 February 2023 at 7 pm. The live stream is produced by the Finnish broadcasting company Yle in cooperation with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.

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Beneath the layers there’s a contemporary story of our society

“Puccini composed the opera in the heyday of exoticism and orientalism – a Europe-centric view of the Far East. As we pull down decades-old stereotypes embedded in the work and reveal the people beneath them, the central themes of the opera come to include both the psychology of the characters and a story of our society.”

-Director Sofia Adrian Jupither

Complete the experience with refreshments

What can we get you?

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu.

Before this performance, you can also enjoy a delicious Art&Dinner menu which has been inspired by the work being performed. Art&Dinner menus are served at Lounge Parvi on Fridays and Saturdays at 5 p.m. Read more about Art&Dinner menus.

Refreshments are recommended to be ordered in advance. Online sales are available until 24 hours before the performance. Art&Dinner menus must be ordered no later than 96 hours before the performance.

Our restaurant service is provided by Food&Events Tapahtumaravintolat.

Complete the experience with refreshments

What can we get you?

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu.

Refreshments are recommended to be ordered in advance. Online sales are available until 24 hours before the performance.

Our restaurant service is provided by Food&Events Tapahtumaravintolat.