About the Venue
The Detroit Opera House is situated in the downtown area of Michigan. The ornate opera facility is currently home to the Michigan Opera Theatre. Established in 1922, the opera house underwent renovations in 1960 and then in 1996. It currently provides seating for approximately 2700 audiences. Annually the opera house is known to hold five dance productions, five opera productions and multiple music and comedy events. Currently the vicinity has promised to bring forth musicals and artists namely American Idiot, Shen Yun, Porgy and Bess, Master Class Joffrey Ballet, Brit Floyd, A View from a Bridge and Brundibar. To become witness to any one of the forthcoming shows of Turandot, tickets for the event should be bought today.
Introducing the Opera Show
Turandot is a three act opera partially written by Giacomo Puccini. While the playwright was writing the script for the opera, he passed away in 1924 and writer, Franco Alfano took it upon him to complete the unfinished work. It was in 1926 that Turandot was completed and turned into a libretto by Renato Simoni and Giuseppe Adami. The debut performance of the opera took place in the same year and the show was held in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala. Conducted by the talented Arturo Toscanini, the show brought forth only Puccini’s music, without the further material composed by Alfano. Alfano’s compositions were added to the show that was held on the following day. The opera was conducted by Ettore Panizza.
The name of the opera has been inspired by the Persian word “Turandokht” which translates to “the daughter of Turan”. With the “t” being silent when pronouncing the word, the story of the opera has been inspired by the Persian tale of the same name. The original work was first written back in the 12th century by the respected poet, Nizami. His story can be found in the book “Haft-Peykar”.
Story of Turandot
Giacomo Puccini first came across the story when he was studying the play written by Friedrich Schiller, who had based his work on Carlo Gozzi’s version of “Turandot”. The story presents, Turandot the heartless Princess who is set to marry anyone who solves her three riddles. The first act presents the Prince of Persia failing at solving the riddles and meeting his death. At the time of the execution; amongst the crowd can be found Calaf, the Prince of Tartary, Liu a slave girl and a blind man, Timur. As the Prince of Persia is being dragged towards his death, Calaf hears the cry of the blind man, whom he recognizes as his long-lost father. Upon reuniting with his father, Timur tells Calaf how Liu has been faithful to him his entire life. At that point, the Prince of Persia is beheaded and Princess Turnadot makes her public appearance. Upon setting his eyes on the princess, Calaf falls blindly in love with her and strikes the gong three times. He then takes the challenge to solve the riddles to marry her. At this time Liu who is secretly in love with him cries out loud and screams at Calaf to not call upon his death.
The next day, Calaf successfully answers all of Turandot’s riddles and the preparations for the wedding begin. However, Calaf challenges Turandot that if she can tell the Prince’s name by sunrise, he will kill himself instead of marrying her. Will Turandot figure out Calaf’s name or will he marry his true love?