Puccini's Turandot

Franco Zeffirelli (stage director), Giuliano Carella (music director) — With Maria Guleghina (Princess Turandot), Salvatore Licitra (Calaf), Tamar Iveri (Liù) – Arena di Verona

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Giuseppe Adami — Libretto

Renato Simoni — Libretto

Franco Zeffirelli — Stage director, set designer

Emi Wada — Costumes

Paolo Mazzon — Lighting

Maria Grazia Garofoli — Choreographer

Maria Guleghina — Princess Turandot

Carlo Bosi — Emperor Altoum

Luiz-Octavio Faria — Timur

Salvatore Licitra — Calaf

Tamar Iveri — Liù

Leonardo Lopez Linares — Ping

Gianluca Bocchino — Pong

Saverio Fiore — Pang

Giuliano Pelizon — Mandarino

Angel Harkatz Kaufman — Persian Prince

Program notes

The Arena di Verona Festival honors Italian stage director Franco Zeffirelli, and his legendary production of Turandot.

Interpreted within the sumptuous surroundings of Verona Arena, this Puccini masterpiece tells the story of a princess whose beauty was only comparable to her cruelty. She will only marry a prince capable of solving her riddles, but if he fails, he will be beheaded...

For this edition, the lyrical festival invites russian soprano Maria Guleghina who proved a brilliant Turandot. She took to the stage with Salvatore Licitra, possessing a radiant, beautifully controlled tenor voice, and soprano Tamar Iveri as a beautiful and sensitive Liù.

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