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Conductor: Gianluca Martinenghi (Italy)
Director /Set designer / Costume designer: Giancarlo del Monaco (Italy)
Light designer: Wolfgang von Zoubek (Austria)
Choreographer: Sasha Evtimova
Concert Master: Verica Lambevska
Ass. Director: Helene Sacconaghi (Italy), Trajko Jordanovski, Ljupka Jakimovska
Ass. Set Designer / Costume designer: Agostino Sachi (Italy)
Ass. Chorus Masters: Jasmina Gjorgjeska, Gjurgjica Dashikj
Turandot: Gabrielle Mоuhlan (Holand)
Calaf: Kristian Benedikt (Lithuania)
Liù: Valeria Sepe (Italy)
Timur: Igor Durlovski
Ping: Kristijan Antovski
Pang: Darko Neshovski
Pong: Dejan Stoev
Un Mandarino: Vladimir Sazdovski
Altoum: Marjan Nikolovski
Il Principe di Persia: Darko Neshovski
Guardie imperiali: Tihomir Jakimovski
In a legendary time, at the square in front of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, the Princess, Turandot, is a woman of great beauty, but has a cold heart that is as cold as ice. She said, “Any prince seeking to marry me must answer three riddles. But if he fails, he will have to die.”
At the square, a failed prince’s fate, who is going to the guillotine, excites a lot of the audience’s blood. In the crowd, a vanquished king of Tartary, Timur, meets his long-lost son, Prince Calaf, again. Calaf falls in love with Turandot at first sight. He proclaims to try to answer her three riddles. One of Timur’s slave girls, Liu, attempts to stop his reckless resolve, but his determination strengthens.
Turandot appears, and begins to ask Calaf her three riddles.
Q1. What thing is reborn every night? …A. ‘Hope’
Q2. What burns hot, but is not fire? …A. ‘Blood’
Q3. What ice can make fire? …A. ‘Turandot’
Calaf successfully answers her three riddles. Turandot is upset, and refuses to marry him. Calaf says to her, “If you can learn my name by dawn, I will forfeit my life.”
Turandot gives the crowd in Beijing an order not to sleep until someone learns his name. The people of Beijing frantically find out his name. They catch Liu. Turandot asks Liu why she never says his name. Liu answers that it is because of her love to him, and kills herself.
After the crowd goes home, Turandot remains alone to confront Calaf. Then, Calaf gives away his name to her.
At the break of dawn, Turandot proclaims the victory to learn his name in front of the crowd. She says to the crowd, “His name is …Love”, and she then concedes defeat and marries him.