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Total duration 2 h 45 min
1 intermission (30 min)
12 performances
27.1.2023 – 4.3.2023
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
20-129 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

Only love can set you free

The new, visually stunning version of Puccini’s iconic Turandot at the Finnish National Opera delivers a universal message: regardless of who we are or where we come from, we are all looking for love.

Princess Turandot poses three questions to her suitors, who can only save their life by answering correctly. Prince Calaf surprises the princess by surviving the trial. Will he be able to break through her cold exterior? Could he finally be the person who gives her the freedom to choose for herself?

Turandot is a co-production of the Finnish National Opera and the Malmö Opera.

Suggested age guidance 10+.

Tickets to performances in spring 2023 will go on sale 4 October at noon.

Performances and tickets

2 h 45 min
1 intermission (30 min)
12 performances
27.1.2023 – 4.3.2023
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
20-129 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 27.1.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 53.00 €
Tue 31.1.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Thu 2.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Sat 4.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 49.00 €
Wed 8.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Fri 10.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 49.00 €
Thu 16.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Sat 18.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 49.00 €
Tue 21.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Thu 23.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 45.00 €
Thu 2.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 49.00 €
Sat 4.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 49.00 €

”We love Puccini’s music, and we have to find new ways of performing classic works to contemporary audiences. I want to emphasise the story’s universal themes of the private and the public, power and responsibility, and love and vulnerability. I see Turandot as the object of oppression by the power structures, and her role as a princess as merely a front she has been forced to uphold. What kind of a person is revealed beneath that front?”

– director Sofia Jupither

Synopsis

Princess Turandot agrees to marry a suitor who solves three riddles. The punishment for answering incorrectly is death. Calaf decides to ignore everyone’s warnings and proposes to Turandot nonetheless. He takes the princess by surprise by solving all the riddles. Calaf, however, only wants her to marry him for love. He challenges her in turn: Turandot can determine the prince’s fate if she manages to find out his name by the following morning.

Turandot threatens the entire nation with death if the name is not unravelled. Everyone stays up all night, trying to find out who Calaf really is. Two prisoners, Timur and Liù, are brought to Turandot, as they are known to have the answer. When Liù discovers she will be tortured, she kills himself.

As Turandot and Calaf are left alone, Calaf reveals his name to the princess and puts his life into her hands. Turandot tells everyone she has found out the stranger’s name: it is love.

The complete synopsis can be found in the programme leaflet.

#Turandot #FNOTurandot

The world’s most famous aria

Puccini didn’t have time to complete the final pages of his epic work, and Turandot only saw its premiere after his death. What the composer did finish, however, was “Nessun dorma”, which is probably one of the best known areas in the world. In recent times, it has been heard everywhere from popular culture to sports events. Cold shivers are guaranteed by the time the tenor blasts out the magnificent Vincerò!

Creative team

Music
Giacomo Puccini
Libretto
Giuseppe Adami
Libretto
Renato Simoni
Director
Sofia Jupither
Sets
Erlend Birkeland
Costumes
Maria Geber
Lighting design
Ellen Ruge

Cast

Calaf
Aleksandrs Antonenko
Pong
Joska Lehtinen
A mandarin
Aapo Kilpelä
The prince of persia
NN

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Guaranteed seats with a season ticket

Yet another reason to love your season ticket

A season ticket is for true opera and ballet fans. The season ticket guarantees you a seat for all our premieres, which amount to 7 in the 2022–23 season.  You will also enjoy a dedicated seat in the auditorium and eleven more substantial benefits.

Season tickets for 2022–2023 season are sold out. 

Complete the experience with refreshments

What can we get you?

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu.

Refreshments are recommended to be ordered in advance. Online sales are available until 24 hours before the performance.

Our restaurant service is provided by Food&Events Tapahtumaravintolat.