Turandot is an unfinished work in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, based on a libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. The title draws inspiration from the name of Turandot, a princess of medieval and imaginary China. The young woman poses a challenge to the noblemen of her county: she will give her hand and her kingdom to the one who solves three riddles of her own invention. The losers? Off with their heads! Everything changes when an unknown prince, Calaf, puts Turandot to the test… Slowly, the princess’ frozen heart begins to thaw and burn with love for Calaf, and they sing a tender and romantic duo, the highlight of their erotic passion. Puccini talks about it in these terms: “The duo! The duo! Everything that is decisive, beautiful, lively, and theatrical takes place in it! [...] Their love should arrive like a fireball bursting into the midst of the people, taken by ecstasy and beginning to harmonize, just like the strings of the cellos”.
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Turandot is an unfinished work by Puccini, eliciting two kinds of reactions. On one side lies the emblematic gesture of Arturo Toscanini who, during the premiere of the work, stopped the performance in the middle of the third act declaring that: “The piece ends here, as the Maestro died here”. On the other side, the publishing house Ricordi gave Franco Alfano the hard task of finishing the opera. But criticisms were not lacking and Alfano was obliged to rearrange his work, to reflect Puccini’s intentions more closely. It is this version of Puccini’s Turandot, the one completed by Alfano, that is nowadays played the most. As Calaf, the Unknown Prince, sings, “Let no one sleep!” (“Nessun dorma” in Italian): the best interpretations of Puccini’s Turandot can be found on medici.tv, whenever you want, wherever you are, at all hours of the day and night!