Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - Start: 8:00 PM

Lyric drama in three acts by Giacomo Puccini (Salzburg Festival, 2002, Großes Festspielhaus – in Italian). A production of ORF and Arthaus Musik

Gabriele Schnaut as the cruel, murderous Princess Turandot.
Gabriele Schnaut as the cruel, murderous Princess Turandot.
The refinement of selected and most subtle coloristic sounds, the entire enchantment of a far-away, unreal world which Giacomo Puccini transformed into music in his opera Turandot – all that was translated into fascinating, exotic fairy-tale images by David Pountney in his monumental 2002 production. The viewer feels whisked into an era when wishes still came true. Luciano Berio created a new reconstruction of Puccini’s fragmentary ending. Gabriele Schnaut sings the apparently blood-thirsty Princess Turandot of the Imperial Court in Beijing, who will only give her heart to a prince able to solve three riddles set by Turandot. Those who fail lose their heads to the merciless blade of the executioner. At the beginning of the opera, the handsome prince of Persia is being dragged to his execution – needless to say, that does not stop the unknown Prince Kalaf (sung here by tenor star John Botha) from falling in love with this Princess of Death. However, Kalaf passes the murderous quiz that has cost so many lives with flying colours, and at the end, as is the custom in fairy-tales, love prevails.


Conductor: Valery Gergiev | Director: David Pountney | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 130 Minutes | Featuring: Gabriele Schnaut (Turandot), Johan Botha (Prince Kalaf), Cristina Gallardo- Domâs (Liù), Boaz Daniel (Ping)