Pittsburgh Opera's Turandot
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Saturday, March 26, 2011  -  8:00 PM
Tuesday, March 29, 2011  -  7:00 PM
Friday, April 1, 2011  -  8:00 PM
Sunday, April 3, 2011  -  2:00 PM

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Take this trip to ancient China, by way of the Benedum Center. In this perpetual favorite, the princess Turandot cruelly executes the men who try to win her - until a stranger conquers her with the power of love. Puccini's score shows off the stunning vocal abilities of Susan Neves (Tosca, 2006) as Turandot and Frank Poretta (Samson & Dalila, 2008); acclaimed Chinese bass Hao-Jiang Tian returns as the deposed king Timur, in a spectacular new production by the Canadian design duo Renaud Doucet and André Barbe. Music Director Antony Walker conducts; Renaud Doucet directs.
2010-11 Season Sponsor: PNC
Production Sponsor: The National Endowment for the Arts
Production Sponsor:The Benter Foundation
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All performances at the Benedum Center
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage

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Cast and Artistic Team

(cast is listed in order of vocal appearance)

NaGuanda Nobles
NaGuanda Nobles
Frank Porretta
Frank Porretta
Hao Jiang Tian
Hao Jiang Tian
Craig Verm
Craig Verm **
Joseph Gaines
Joseph Gaines
Joseph Frank
Emperor Altoum
Joseph Frank
Susan Neves
Susan Neves

Conductor:  Antony Walker
Stage Director and Choreographer:  Renaud Doucet+
Set and Costume Designer:  André Barbe+
Asst. Conductor:  Glenn Lewis
Wig & Make-up Designer:  James Geier
Asst. Wig & Make-up:  Travis Klingler
Chorus Master:  Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist:  James Lesniak

New production, co-owned by Pittsburgh Opera

+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni

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Production Photos

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Music From Turandot

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Turandot explains her rage: In questa reggia Joan Sutherland
Calaf is confident of victory: Nessun dorma Luciano Pavarotti 

Videos of Turandot

See Frank Porretta singing "Nessun dorma" 
See the transition from Act 2.1 to Act 2.2
Highlight from Meet the Artists: Hao Jiang Tian
Highlight from Meet the Artists: Ping, Pang and Pong


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