CINEMA Nouveau will be screening the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s popular opera, Turandot, as part of the current Met: Live in HD season. The opera features dramatic soprano Nine Stemme in title role. Catch on the big screen on March 1 and 3 at 5 pm and on March 2 at 11.30 am.
Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme sings her first Met performances of the demanding title role of Puccini’s ice princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand. Soprano Anita Hartig makes her company role debut as the angelic slave girl Liù.
Tenor Marco Berti sings the role of Calàf, the brave prince and suitor who sings the famous Nessun dorma and risks his head for Turandot’s hand, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk sings the role of the disguised King of Tartary, Timur.
Paolo Carignani conducts Franco Zeffirelli’s visually stunning 1987 production.
Nina Stemme previously sang the role of Turandot at La Scala and in Sweden at the Royal Swedish Opera and Dalhalla Opera. She made her Met debut in 2000 as Senta in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and was last seen at the Met in the title role in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos in 2010. In the spring, Stemme adds a new role to her Met repertory as the title character in the new production of Strauss’s Elektra.
In January, Anita Hartig made her Met role debut as Liù, a role she has previously sung at the Bavarian State Opera. In 2013, she made her company debut as Mimì in La Bohème, and last season, she sang the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen. Later this year, she will star as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met, a role she has sung previously with the Vienna State Opera and Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Marco Berti first sang Calàf at the Met in 2012. He has sung the role at many other opera houses including the Berlin State Opera, La Scala, and San Francisco Opera. His other roles at the Met have included Radamès in Aida, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Don José in Carmen, and Manrico in Il Trovatore. This season, Berti will also sing Radamès in Aida at Teatro Regio Torino and Pollione in Bellini’s Norma at the Paris Opera.
Alexander Tsymbalyuk has previously sung Timur at La Scala and the Hamburg State Opera. He made his Met debut in 2010 as Ferrando in Il Trovatore and later sang Lodovico in Otello in 2013. Later this season, he can be seen as King René in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the Paris Opera and both the title role in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Bavarian State Opera.
Paolo Carignani made his Met debut in 2008 conducting La Traviata. During previous seasons, he has conducted Aida and Verdi’s Nabucco. The Italian maestro was the chief conductor of the Frankfurt Opera from 1997-2008.
In addition to the production, lovers of opera are invited behind-the-scenes with the Met’s stars. Singers serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast and crew members as well as the production teams.
Watch the trailer of Turandot here: https://youtu.be/urwuB1QKLfc
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The Met: Live in HD Schedule: Still to be screened are: Manon Lescaut (26 March) and Madama Butterfly (23 April), Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux (07 May) and Elektra by R. Strauss (28 May), to end the current season.