Giacomo Puccini's last masterpiece Turandot, which pays homage to the power of love hits The Broward Center's Au-Rene Theater December 2nd and 4th for 8pm performances.
Turandot is based on an ancient fable, originating in Persia and set in China. It tells of a princess so desirable that men came from all over the world for her love. To win Turandot's love, a suitor first had to answer three vexing riddles — and anyone who failed wound up with his head on a stake, as a warning to all the suitors still standing in line. The opera tells us about Calaf, the man who did solve the riddles. Upon winning Turandot's heart, Calaf sings what may be the most famous number in opera, the soaring tenor aria "Nessun dorma!" — "None shall sleep!"
This production's Turandot, Lise Lindstrom, and Calaf, Frank Porretta, thrilled Metropolitan Opera audiences this past season, and local favorite Elizabeth Caballero returns to sing Liù. The conductor of FGO's recent Lucia di Lammermoor, Ramon Tebar, returns to lead this outstanding cast.This Florida Grand Opera's production is sung in Italian with English and Spanish projected titles.
Tickets range from $21 to $200 and can be purchased by calling 954-462-0222 or visiting www.browardcenter.org. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312.