Northern Ireland Opera present a rare opportunity to see Puccini’s final masterpiece, Turandot, fully staged in Northern Ireland in a radical and provocative new production from internationally-acclaimed director Calixto Bieito.
Having won the TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE 2015 Award for ‘Best Production’ for their recent co-production with Irish Youth Opera, Northern Ireland Opera now bring a new production of Puccini’s Turandot to Belfast for the closing three nights of the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival.
A major international co-production with the State Theatre of Nuremberg and the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, this production of Turandot sees Northern Ireland Opera become key players on the international stage. The company, which recently celebrated only its 5th Birthday, has received huge praise from the national press with a recent production described as,
“A fine, startling achievement that confirms Northern Ireland Opera’s growing status as a force to be reckoned with, and marks out Belfast itself as a place to be for cutting-edge music theatre.”(The Guardian)
Nessun Dorma, an aria from Turandot, was made famous by the BBC when they used it as their theme for the Italia 90 World Cup twenty five years ago. Nessun Dorma was most famously sung by Luciano Pavarotti, who not only would have celebrated his 80th birthday this year but who also, in 1963, made his UK debut on the stage of the Belfast Grand Opera House.
This new production of Turandot is directed by Calixto Bieito, a man described as “the Quentin Tarantino of Opera”. Currently working to great acclaim with English National Opera and with a production soon to open at The Met in New York, Bieito is a director with a world-wide reputation for producing opera as spectacle.
Northern Ireland Opera’s Artistic Director, Oliver Mears said, “This is a very special production for both the company and for the Northern Ireland arts sector. To be working on this scale with such prestigious international partners is a real first and we are extremely proud to bring this show to the Belfast stage.”
This stunning new production of Turandot is designed by Rebecca Ringst, with David Brophy conducting the Ulster Orchestra. A superb Irish and international cast is led by Miriam Murphy and Orla Boylan and with the combined choral forces of over 80 singers, this production of Turandot is sure to be one of the most talked-about operas in Northern Ireland for many years.
Sung in English. Suitable for ages 16+. Contains scenes that younger audiences may find disturbing.
Performances will be on Friday 30, Saturday 31 October & Sunday 1 November with all performances starting at 7.30pm inside the Grand Opera House, Belfast.