2-30 December 2022


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main stage

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Barrie Kosky

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: Director Barrie Kosky | © Melle Meivogel

A portrayal of obsessive love

In spite of the cruelty of its plot, Turandot has won a firm place in the hearts of audiences all around the world. Its portrayal of the cold-hearted, ruthless princess and the man who is determined to win her at all costs, presents a fascinating story – especially when coupled with Puccini’s unparalleled and brilliant score. Even those unfamiliar with the opera will undoubtedly have heard its memorable and famous aria ‘Nessun dorma’, ending as it does on the triumphant ‘vincero!’.


Exhilarating opera

Turandot is the second Puccini opera chief-conductor Lorenzo Viotti and stage director Barrie Kosky will be collaborating on as part of their Puccini cycle. Viotti is extremely fond of Puccini, and therefore welcomes this opportunity to delve into this challenging and rich score, together with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the full Chorus of Dutch National Opera. This opera, with a double cast of expressive and charismatic singers, promises to serve up a thrilling experience.

For his new production, Kosky has decided to steer clear of orientalism, choosing instead to stage the work in a hallucinatory, dystopian dreamscape that is characterised by lust, desire and obsession. Kosky is exceptionally talented at directing large groups of people while maintaining meticulous attention to detail. This means the Chorus of Dutch National Opera will play a key role in this production, not only from a musical but also from a scenic perspective.

Performance information

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
Timur  Liang Li, Alexei Gulagin
Il principe ignoto (Calaf)  Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Martin Muehle
Liù  Kristina Mkhitaryan, Ruzan Mantashyan 
Ping / Un mandarino  Germán Olvera
Pang  Ya-Chung Huang
Pong  Lucas van Lierop

Orchestra  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorusmaster Edward Ananian-Cooper

Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor (part of Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam)
Rehearsals children’s chorus  Anaïs de la Morandais

Puccini’s last opera returns to Amsterdam with Lorenzo Viotti and Barrie Kosky at the helm

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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

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Naturally, it also performs in concerts of its own and then its go-to venue is the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In addition to its collabo­ration with chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti and music director of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra Gordan Nikolić, the orchestra regularly works with internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as a whole new generation of excellent musicians. It has played on countless stages, using music to connect people by giving exceptional performances that inspire both connoisseurs and novices alike. The orches­tra's base is in the warm and welcoming NedPhO-Dome in the ‘lndische Buurt’ in Amsterdam, ensuring it is at the heart of the community. In this way, the orchestra hopes to make classical music more approachable to a wider audience.

Season 2022/23 will see the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra join us for our season-opener Carmenas well as for Königs­kinder, Turandot and Der RosenkavalierThe Netherlands Chamber Orchestra will provide the orchestral accompani­ment for Animal Farm and Maria Stuarda.

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