A modern adaptation of the Puccini classic Turandot by Zhang Yimou (张艺谋) arrives in Qingdao on December 17. Conductor Zubin Mehta suggested Zhang as director for a Florence production of the opera. Zhang later brought the drama to Beijing, where it was performed at the Forbidden City and the Bird’s Nest.
When: December 17, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Tickets: 680-1680 yuan (RMB)
Tickets Hotline: 400.610.3721
More Info: 8066.5555
The opera tells the tale of the most beautiful Chinese princess in the world whose hand can be won only by answering 3 riddles and is described as an “extravagant portrayal of ancient China“.
NPR on Turandot:
Turandot is based on an ancient fable, originating in Persia and set in China. It tells of a princess so desirable that men came by the hundreds, from all over the world, and queued up to vie for her love. There was a catch, of course. To have any shot at all with Turandot, a suitor first had to answer three vexing riddles — and anyone who failed wound up with his head on a stake, as a warning to all the suitors still standing in line.
Find a complete synopsis of the story here.