ROCKLAND — The 2019 - 2020 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre opens, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m., with a simulcast of Puccini’s Turandot. An encore broadcast will be presented on Tuesday, October 22, at 1 p.m.
Franco Zeffirelli’s production returns to cinemas, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer music director, conducting his first Puccini opera with the company. Soprano Christine Goerke takes on the icy title princess. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov is the mysterious prince Calàf, alongside soprano Eleonora Buratto as Liù, and bass-baritone James Morris as Timur.
Turandot premiered at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, in 1926, according to Strand, in a news release. Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi.
“Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody,” said Strand. “The unenviable task of completing the opera’s final scene upon Puccini’s sudden death was left to the composer Franco Alfano. Conductor Arturo Toscanini oversaw Alfano’s contribution and led the world premiere.”
Estimated Run Time: 3 hours 12 min, including 2 intermissions.
Tickets: $27/Adults, $15/Students 18 and under, and college students with ID; available at www.rocklandstrand.com or (207) 594-0070.
Encore show tickets available day-of-show: $23/Adults, $5/Students 18 and under, and college students with ID.