Turandot opera Bratislava

06.09.2022 - 08.09.2022

Festive performance, tribute to Jozef Bednárik. Giacomo Puccini’s last work belongs to those creations that were created at the end of the journey of great authors, able to retain their freshness of spirit even in their old age and to be inspired by everything new and modern that surrounded them. Turandot is a drama, but also a symbolic fairy tale, an impressive culmination of bel canto melodicism, but also a bold step towards new harmonic and instrumental horizons. But beware! A fairy tale is not always just for children; it often brings philosophical themes that transcend childlike perception and rather speaks to us adults with a timeless message.

The story presented to the audience in Puccini’s Turandot predates this opera by two centuries. It is originally linked to the legendary Tales of a Thousand and One Nights from the 17th century. Since then, it has seen a number of adaptations. And it was Puccini’s librettists, Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni, who were intrigued by one of them, created by the eminent Italian Renaissance-era playwright Carlo Gozzi. The latter, criticising his collaborator Carlo Goldoni for supposedly being too subject to French influences in his work, turned to fairy-tale themes, in the rendering of which he was inspired by the legendary form of Italian folk theatre, the commedia dell’arte. After all, he was far from the only one who was enchanted by the tale of the cruel princess Turandot. For in the early twentieth century, one of the giants of the art of staging at the time, the great reformer of (not only) Russian theatre, J. B. Vakhtangov, took it up – and his stage rendition of Gozzi’s work lasted on the stage in 1,500 performances for several decades!

Venue: the Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova Street, Bratislava

Dates of performances:

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:10 p.m.
Thursday, September 8 2022 from 19:00 h – 10:10 p.m.

Admission: 15 – 30 €

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Bratislava, Slovensko


15 - 30 EUR

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