|Conductor: Paolo Carignani||Duration: 3hrs 35mins|
Conductor: Paolo Carignani
Production: Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer: Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designers: Anna Anni, Dada Saligeri
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Choreographer: Chiang Ching
Cast: Nina Stemme (Turandot), Anita Hartig (Liù), Marco Berti (Calàf), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Timur)
Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme sings her first Met performances of the demanding title role of Puccini’s Chinese ice princess, with Anita Hartig in her company role debut as the angelic slave girl Liù. Marco Berti sings Calàf, the suitor who risks his head for Turandot’s hand, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk sings Timur. Paolo Carignani conducts Franco Zeffirelli’s visually spectacular 1987 production.
Since the company premiere in 1926, which starred Maria Jeritza and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi and was conducted by Tullio Serafin, Turandot has been performed 296 times at the Met with Zeffirelli’s production premiering in 1987.