The Metropolitan Opera's dazzling production of the epic fairy tale, "Turandot," Puccini's final grand-scale masterpiece, will be broadcast at Town Hall Theater, Middlebury on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 1. Franco Zeffirelli's breathtaking production, a Met favorite, may be the ultimate visual spectacle in the company repertoire.
The opera is set in ancient Peking where, outside the Imperial Palace, an edict is read to the crowd-Any prince seeking to marry the princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If he fails, he will die.
What follows is a grand tale of passion, tragedy, unrequited love, and suspense, complete with bumbling royal advisors and screaming mobs. "Turandot" stars Maria Guleghina in the title role of the stunning but ruthless princess, and Marcello Giordani as Calaf, who sings "Nessun dorma", one of the most famous tenor arias.
There will be an encore presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22 with a special student rate of $10 for the encore presentation. Call the theater for details.