On Saturday, June the 18th at 6 pm, Giacomo Puccini’s TURANDOT, directed by Philipp Stölzl and under the musical direction of Zubin Mehta, honorary conductor of the Staatskapelle Berlin, will celebrate its premiere, which can also be experienced as an open-air event: The Staatsoper Unter den Linden and its main partner BMW invite you to the Bebelplatz with the live broadcast of the TURANDOT premiere to STAATSOPER FÜR ALLE. Admission to the live broadcast is free of charge.
Image oben: Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Photo: Marcus Ebener
Turandot doesn’t want to belong to anyone. So far, the strategy has worked to get rid of troublesome suitors: Anyone who wants to marry her must solve three riddles. Those who fail pay with their lives. Hundreds try their luck and fall victim to Turandot’s cruel tyranny. But then a man appears who can solve the riddles …
The new production will be directed by film and opera director Philipp Stölzl, who will also design the stage set. Stölzl, who has been a guest at the Berlin State Opera several times, most recently directed Verdi’s IL TROVATORE. In 2021, his film “Schachnovelle” was released in cinemas.
TURANDOT is Puccini’s last and unfinished opera, on the threshold of modernity. Philipp Stölzl confronts Turandot’s bloodthirsty power play between obsession and emancipation with a darkly surreal visual language in which an oversized live animated puppet takes over.
The ensemble includes Elena Pankratova in the title role, Aida Garifullina (Liù, role debut), René Pape (Timur), Siegfried Jerusalem (Altoum), Yusif Eyvazov (Calaf), Gyula Orendt (Ping), Andrés Moreno García (Pang), Siyabonga Maqungo (Pong) and David Oštrek (A Mandarin). Zubin Mehta has been Honorary Conductor of the Staatskapelle since 2014 and most recently conducted the premiere of DER ROSENKAVALIER at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The Staatsoper Chorus, rehearsed by Martin Wright, and the Staatsoper Children’s Chorus play a central role. The costumes are by Ursula Kudrna, the lighting design is by Irene Selka and Philipp Stölzl, the choreography by Christopher Tölle. The unfinished work by Puccini will be performed in the abridged version by Franco Alfano.
The STAATSOPER FOR ALL weekend will be rounded off with a live concert by the Staatskapelle Berlin on Sunday, June the 19th at 1 pm on Bebelplatz.
Dramma Lirico in three acts (1926)
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Text by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni based on Carlo Gozzi
Turandot: Saturday, 18. June 2022 – 6:00 pm
Live concert by the Staatskapelle Berlin: Sunday, 19. June 2022 – 1:00 pm
Unter den Linden
Free admission, no tickets required