2-30 Dec 2022
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main stage
2:00, no interval
A portrayal of obsessive love
Princess Turandot’s suitors are set three impossible riddles. Anyone who fails to solve all three of them, will be sentenced to a gruesome public execution. Prince Calaf, overcome by love, decides to take up the challenge in this popular opera by Puccini.
Photo: Marta Syrko
Lyric drama in three acts
Sung in Italian
Libretto Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Musical direction Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction Barrie Kosky
Set design Michael Levine
Costume design Victoria Behr
Lighting design Alessandro Carletti
Choreography Otto Pichler
La principessa Turandot Tamara Wilson
L’imperatore Altoum Marcel Reijans
Liang Li (2, 4, 6, 9, 17, 21, 23, 28 and 30 Dec)
Aleksei Kulagin (12, 14 and 25 Dec)
Il principe ignoto (Calaf)
Najmiddin Mavlyanov (2, 6, 9, 17, 21 and 28 Dec)
Martin Muehle (4, 12, 14, 23, 25 and 30 Dec)
Kristina Mkhitaryan (2, 6, 9, 17, 21 and 28 Dec)
Juliana Grigoryan (4, 12, 14, 23, 25 and 30 Dec)
Ping / Un mandarino Germán Olvera
Pang Ya-Chung Huang
Pong Lucas van Lierop
Orchestra Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Edward Ananian-Cooper
Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor (part of Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam)
Children's chorus master Anaïs de la Morandais
Along with the printed programme book, we also offer online programme information for this performance. The online programme will take you behind the scenes with in-depth stories, articles, and interviews with the creators and cast.
Trailer - Turandot
Puccini’s last opera returns to Amsterdam with Lorenzo Viotti and Barrie Kosky at the helm
‘Of course what she does is cruel, but she keeps her freedom’
Sopraan Tamara Wilson - La principessa Turandot about Turandot
Photo: Tamara Wilson | © Claire McAdams
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Dutch National Opera has a long-standing and proud history with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, which has been its main orchestra partner for the past 30 years. It is widely considered to be one of the best opera orchestras in the world.
Photo: Melle Meivogel
'The choir is at the emotional centre of this performance'
chorus master Edward Ananian-Cooper
An excess of powerful and beautiful images numbs your sense of time.(...) The wow factor of this performance is never to be forgotten.
[About Tamara Wilson] We could only hear her - what a voice! - from the ridge above the orchestra pit. (...) Rehearsals must have been meticulous, because everything was in perfect sync with the pit.
Terrifying choruses in compact drama that concerns everyone
The China-less staging allows conductor Lorenzo Viotti to cast a fresh light on the score. Suddenly they do not sound folkloric but experimental, the Chinese gongs and the xylophone Puccini used to add oriental colour in the 1920s.
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