Puccini's Turandot will be screened live from the Royal Opera House, at Strode Theatre, in Street, on Tuesday, at 7.15pm. It is a tale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and powerful, triumphant love.
Puccini creates a rich sound world for this dark and erotic fairytale.
The opera contains many memorable arias, from Signore, ascolta, as Liù appeals to Calaf not to attempt Turandot's deadly riddles, to Turandot's defiant In questa reggia.
Turandot also contains one of the most famous of all arias – Nessun dorma, sung as Calaf anticipates winning the Princess's hand.
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In the final months of his life Puccini struggled to depict Calaf's triumph: he died before finishing the final act.
Turandot was completed by Franco Alfano two years later and given its premiere in 1926 at La Scala, Milan.
During this initial performance the conductor Arturo Toscanini famously laid down his baton in Act III, declaring "at this point, the Maestro died".
Andrei Serban's production of this dark Oriental fairytale is spectacular, transporting the audience to a beautiful but savage world.
Sally Jacobs's colourful sets and costumes are inspired by ancient Chinese culture, reflecting the traditional Chinese melodies woven into the score.
One of the greatest Turandot singers today, Lise Lindstrom, makes her Royal Opera debut, with Marco Berti, a wonderful Puccinian singer, in the role of Prince Calaf. Henrik Nánási conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus.
The production is sung in Italian, with English subtitles on screen.
Tickets are £15, concessions £13, available at www.strodetheatre.org.uk or from Strode Theatre's Box Office on 01458 442846.
The opera season continues at Strode with Verdi's Les Vepres Siciliennes on November 4 and Wagner's Parsifal on December 18.