Friday | Apr. 27, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday | Apr. 29, 2018 | 2:30 p.m.
Giacomo Puccini’s final and most musically adventuresome opera – a sweeping saga of pride, passion and devotion. This is the legendary fable of a princess whose beauty men literally died to woo. Turandot – which includes the world’s most loved tenor aria, “Nessun dorma” – is a distinctive finale to Puccini’s career, combining and perfecting all that was great in his art. Set in ancient China, the Princess Turandot requires any suitor to answer correctly three riddles. If he fails, he must die. Calaf sees Turandot and falls immediately and deeply in love, accepting the challenge of the three riddles. He answers each riddle correctly, infuriating the princess. Calaf tells her that if she discovers his name before daylight, he will accept death instead of marrying her. Only Liù, the slave girl who secretly loves Calaf, knows his true name. The slave girl Liù sings of her love in “Tu che di gel sei cinta”, and Turandot tortures her more until finally Liù takes her own life to save Calaf. Calaf reproaches Turandot for her cruelty, then with a passionate kiss reveals his name to the princess, placing his fate in her hands. When Turandot is asked for Calaf’s name, chastened by emotion, she replies simply: “Love.”
Sung in Italian with English titles projected above the stage.
In her Oklahoma debut and bringing “impressive power and dimension…handling the high notes and vocal challenges with aplomb,” is Alexandra Loutsion. Her passionate performances and vocal versatility make her a “singer to watch,” according to the Washington Post.
Jessica Rose Camio
Jessica Rose Cambio joins the production in her Oklahoma and role debut as Liù. Cambio is thrilling audiences with her "full-bodied Italianate soprano" (WQXR, New York) and her "impressive development of the pathos of the character throughout... [She is a] powerful soprano in top form vocally and largely at ease at the top and with something spicy in the colour of the voice that makes her genuinely exciting to hear," according to Bachtrack, London.
Jonathan Burton, as Calaf, first wowed the Tulsa audience as Don Jose in Carmen in 2014. With debuts at Welsh National Opera and Florida Grand Opera, Burton comes to Tulsa with “a wonderfully shaded ‘Nessun Dorma’ that included brilliant top notes,” Opera News said. It is a rare find, states the Herald Tribune, to have “a tenor who can add substantial flesh to Calaf as well as deliver the most famous aria of Italian grand opera.”