July 25 – August 7, 16, 23
This years Turandot, Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece, features Giovanna Casolla, one of the great Puccini stars who celebrates 20 years in the role of the Opera Title. Angelo Bertini’s successful Art Nouveau production, which enjoyed extraordinary success by audiences of the Far East during its tour in China for the inauguration of the new Zuhahi Grand Theatre.
THE CHINESE TURANDOT
The National Opera House in Beijing, led by Maestro Yu Feng, arrives on Lake Massaciuccoli with a colossal production of Turandot for a single performance destined to remain in the annals of the Festival.
The Chinese National Opera House is an opera theatre that depends directly on the Chinese Ministry of Culture. The cast is made up of excellent opera singers active in Chinese and international opera scene. The orchestra is well known for the high quality of its performances and its rich musical repertoire.
The Orchestra participates often to the most prestigious performances in China and abroad, and is one of the country’s most popular symphony orchestras. The director of the Beijing National Opera, Yu Feng, who conducts this extraordinary Turandot, is also the theatre’s artistic director and princiipal conductor. He is professor of the Central Conservatory of China, director of the Department of Orchestra Conducting and president of the Association of Orchestra Conductors. Huquan Wang is a top level director and also a baritone.
* The August 28 performance will be performed by the host company of the China National Opera House of Beijing which will present its own set-up with its own Director and Conductor.
|Turandot||Giovanna Casolla (25 July / 7,16,23 August)|
Wang Wei (28 August)
|Calaf||Rudy Park (25 July, 23 August)|
Rubens Pelizzari (7, 16 August)
Li Shuang (28 August)
|Liù||Alida Berti (25 July, 7 August)|
Valentina Boi (16, 23 August)
Yao Hong (28 August)
|Timur||Luigi Roni (25 July / 7,16,23 August)|
Tian Hao (28 August)
|Altoum||Marco Voleri (25 July / 7,16,23 August)|
Wang Haimin (28 August)
|Ping||Nicolò Ayroldi (25 July / 7,16,23 August)|
Geng Zhe (28 August)
Nicola Pamio (16, 23 August)
Li Xiang (28 August)
|Pong||Orfeo Zanetti (25 July / 7,16,23 August)|
Liu Yiran (28 August)
|Un Mandarino||Claudio Ottino (25 July / 7,16,23 August)|
Zhang Peng (28 August)
|I Ancella||Francesca Borrelli|
|II Ancella||Sofia Nagast|
|Principe di Persia||Roberto Ferraro|
|Direttore d’orchestra||Bruno Nicoli (25 July / 7, 16, 23 August)|
|Regia, scene e costumi||Angelo Bertini (25 July / 7, 16, 23 August)|
|Light Designer||Valerio Alfieri (25 July / 7, 16, 23 August)|
|Assistente alla Regia||Luca Ramacciotti (25 July / 7, 16, 23 August)|
Artistic Director and Orchestra Conductor
Deputy Orchestra Conductor
Choreographer and Assistant Director
Orchestra of the Puccini Festival
Choir of the Puccini Festival
Choirmaster Stefano Visconti
White-Voice Choirmaster Sara Matteucci