Operagasmic Production of the Week!
by Christie Connolley
I love to arrive early to the opera. For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES! Once that is done, I delve into the program! I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes! It is one of the best parts of going to the opera! So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.
The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Seattle Opera’s Turandot!
Set in China’s Imperial City, Puccini’s spectacular masterpiece recounts the legend of a bloodthirsty princess whose icy, vengeful heart softens as she comes to know true love. The lyrical and sweeping score features many memorable melodies, including the popular tenor aria “Nessun dorma.” Stunning pageantry, passionate confrontations, the famous riddle scene, and one of opera’s most powerful kisses make Turandot a monumental achievement not to be missed.
In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes, with 2 intermissions
Best Prices and Availability: Sunday, August 12;
Best Availability: Friday, August 17; Saturday, August 18
Good Availability: Saturday, August 11; Wednesday, August 15;
Least Availability: Saturday, August 4; Sunday, August 5; Wednesday, August 8
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† Seattle Opera debut
* On August 5 and 12 only
^ On August 5, 8, and 12 only