Atlanta Opera Closes Season With Puccini's TURANDOT, 4/29-5/7

Atlanta Opera Closes Season With Puccini's TURANDOT, 4/29-5/7

The Atlanta Opera closes the 2016-17 season with the romance and spectacle of Puccini's final masterpiece, Turandot, the first opera performed in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in 2007.

The Atlanta Opera presents Turandot on April 29, May 2, 5, and 7 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Single tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at atlantaopera.org or by calling 404-881-8885. The opera will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.

The last opera Giacomo Puccini wrote follows Calaf, the son of an overthrown king, who falls in love at first sight with the beautiful but cold Princess Turandot. He enters into a contest for the Princess' love, which can result in death if he fails but her hand in marriage if he succeeds. When he solves the Princess' three riddles, Calaf shockingly proposes his own riddle to the Princess and puts his love and life back into the hands of Princess Turandot.

Turandot features arguably the most famous tenor aria of all time, "Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep)." It is in this aria that Calaf guarantees that he will win the Princess' heart.

"Puccini's composition demonstrates the vision he had for grand opera and musical mastery. The aria 'Nessun Dorma' itself will resonate with everyone who sees this incredible production," said Arthur Fagen, The Carl and Sally Gable Music Director for The Atlanta Opera and Conductor for Turandot.

Stage Director and Choreographer Renaud Doucet and Set and Costume Designer André Barbecreated this stunning production. This production features a cast and crew of over 200 people, including the principal cast, an adult chorus of 60, a children's chorus, dancers, supernumeraries, orchestra and stage crew. This will be one of the largest productions in The Atlanta Opera's history.

"We want our audiences to have a good time," said Doucet. "If somebody takes the effort to buy tickets, to dress up, to pay for the nanny, they don't do that to be miserable. They do that because they want to have a good night. So the minimum we can do is to put ourselves in their seat and think 'would I enjoy this?'"

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