Author(s): Music by Giacomo Puccini, text by Giuseppe Adami, Renato Simoni
Company: Grand Théâtre de Genève
Running time: 2h 03min approx
Puccini’s last opera is all about riddles. The Emperor of China rules over the Forbidden City of Peking. His unmarried daughter, the Princess Turandot, has refused her hand to all her princely suitors by putting them to a test. She sets them three riddles; if they do not answer them correctly, they will lose their heads. As unlucky suitors fail and fall, up steps Calaf, a prince of the Tatar people.
Daniel Kramer’s new staging in Geneva transposes the old fairy tale to a futuristic world where Turandot’s magic holds sway. In a dystopian game show, reminiscent of Hunger Games, the Princess presides over a surveillance state in which men are culled and the reproduction of the human race is conducted in breeding labs.
International art collective teamLab uses state-of-the-art visual technologies never before seen on an opera stage. Antonino Fogliani conducts a cast including Ingela Brimberg who returns to Geneva as the icy Princess Turandot, after taking the title role in Elektra.