Great Performances at the Met “Turandot" on WXXI-TV

Great Performances at the Met “Turandot" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 02/28/2010 - 12:00pm

(L-r): Eduardo Valdes as Pong, Joshua Hopkins a Ping and Tony Stevenson as Pang.

Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless titular Chinese princess and Marcello Giordani sings Calàf, the unknown prince who wins her love.

Director Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of Giacomo Puccini’s last opera is a favorite of the Met repertoire. Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless titular Chinese princess, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all suitors who can’t solve her riddles beheaded. Marcello Giordani sings Calàf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love and whose arias include the famous “Nessun dorma.” Andris Nelsons conducts. Recorded on November 7, 2009.

Great Performances at the Met “Turandot" air Sunday, February 28 at 12 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET returns for a fourth season of opera telecasts. Presentations include “Aida,” “Turandot,” “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Carmen.” In addition, “The Audition” covers the dramatic week leading up to the finals of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions.

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