Turandot

Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 21
Belk Theater
Presented by Opera Carolina

Turandot and the Hero

One of the overarching themes of Puccini’s final opera is heroism; the unknown prince risking his life to win the heart of the Chinese princess after whom the opera is entitled. But Prince Calaf is not a true hero, he is a Romantic hero and it is the romanticism of his heroism that makes him so appealing.

Heroes are admired for their courage, nobility, and actions. We are acutely aware of heroes in times of war. There is one other aspect of heroism that is vital, and which applies in every case – risk – and the greater the risk, the greater the potential for an heroic deed. Think of the soldier who risks his or her life to intervene and save a comrade or turn the tide of a battle. This is a true hero who is measured against a heroic deed with

The Romantic hero of Turandot risks his life not to save another but for an idyllic, perhaps iconic love – that of the princess who has renounced love. -James Meena

Turandot is Puccini’s final opera (unfinished at his death) and perhaps as a result, it is by far and away his most musically adventurous. As in Madama Butterfly, the score is filled with Asian touches, the percussion section packed with gongs, and various tuned instruments (xylophones, glockenspiel, and the like). It is still, however, an Italian opera with the outrageously titled Ping, Pang, and Pong a spin on classic Commedia dell’arte characters.

It’s an opera that blends epic chorus passages with some brilliantly intimate moments. Indeed the chorus plays a much more significant role than in Puccini’s other operas, acting as an onstage witness to well over half of the action. The opening is a powerful series of five chords, said musically to depict an executioner’s axe falling, and that hair-raising effect is spectacularly well maintained throughout.


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22-160 · Call 704.372.1000 to order.

Thursday, April 18, 2024 @ 7:30pm · tickets · add to calendar 2024-04-18 19:30:00 2024-04-18 22:30:00 America/New_York Turandot https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/429260/turandot Belk Theater, 130 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
Saturday, April 20, 2024 @ 8:00pm · tickets · add to calendar 2024-04-20 20:00:00 2024-04-20 23:00:00 America/New_York Turandot https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/429260/turandot Belk Theater, 130 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
Sunday, April 21, 2024 @ 12:00pm · tickets · add to calendar 2024-04-21 12:00:00 2024-04-21 15:00:00 America/New_York Turandot https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/429260/turandot Belk Theater, 130 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202

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