Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Puccini's Turandot Opera at Sydney Harbour brings together the best of Sydney

A most spectacular production of Puccini's Turandot is now being staged in Sydney Harbour.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour's production reimagines Puccini's exotic fantasy about a brutal princess and the brave suitor who will make any sacrifice to win her love.

The cast for Puccini's Turandot features 12 principals, 18 dancers and 48 chorus members on stage with bold and dramatic costuming by designer Dan Potra.

223 speakers carry the music out into the open night air, with 58 members of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra playing in a custom-built studio under the stage.

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The soaring notes of the world's most famous aria, Nessun Dorma, ring out over the waters of Sydney Harbour from a custom-built floating stage featuring a giant nine metre high and a 60-meter long dragon, representing the Great Wall of China, and an 18-meter high illuminated pagoda.

Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase, is urging visitors to plan their trip to Sydney to see Puccini's Turandot in Sydney: “Turandot is a breath-taking delight to the senses. The production is a perfect opportunity for newcomers to opera to experience the spectacle."

She added: "Those who already know and love Turandot will be impressed with this inspired production directed by Chen Shi-Zheng with a set and costumes that reflect the spirit of today's China."


She added: "For visitors to Sydney, Turandot showcases the best of the city - world-class opera, harbourside dining and spectacular sunsets over the city's famous icons, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

The Handa Opera Turandot at Sydney Harbour runs until April 24, 2016.

Images courtesy of Prudence Upton/ Opera Australia

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