West Bay Opera Presents Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
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The last date listed for Turandot was Sunday February 27, 2011 / 2:00pm.
Music by** Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by * Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Vowing to honor the memory of an ancestor, Princess Lo-u-Ling, who was raped and murdered by a conquering prince, Turandot, the Chinese Princess, has sworn she will never be possessed by a man. Princes seeking her hand must answer three riddles posed by her. The price of failure is death. Calaf, son of the deposed Tartar king, sees Turandot appear before the masses and is instantly smitten and determined to win her hand.
Puccini’s last opera, left unfinished by his untimely death, Turandot features some of the most thrilling arias of his entire artistic output. In Italian w/ English titles. Great choral sections and magnificent orchestrations characterize this score, which also quotes Chinese folk songs.
Alexandra LoBianco, spinto soprano, makes her West Bay Opera debut in the title role in Turandot. Miss LoBianco has sung Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Opera Company of Brooklyn), the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Chelsea Opera), Leonora in Il trovatore (Union Avenue Opera), the Lady in Waiting in Macbeth (Opera Carolina), and the WItch in _Hansel and Gretel _(NJ State Opera). She has also sung Sister Robert Ann in the musical Nunsense. She recently sang the Mother and the Witch in _Hansel and Gretel _with Nashville Opera. She is scheduled to sing in Tulsa Opera’s production of Norma.
Tenor David Gustafson makes his West Bay Opera debut singing Calaf in Turandot. He recently made his San Francisco Opera debut as Sentinel in Cyrano de Bergerac. He has also sung Rodolfo in _La bohème _(Alaska Opera,) Tamino in _The Magic Flute _(Eugene Opera,) Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte (Eugene Opera,) Alfredo in La traviata (Stockton Opera,) Prince Ramiro in _La cenerentola _(Pocket Opera) and Lionel in Martha (Pocket Opera.) For Townsend Opera, he has sung Christopher Columbus in Christopher Columbus, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, and Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment. Additional opera credits include Ernesto in Don Pasquale (Corvallis Opera,) Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Berkeley Opera,) Sesto in Giulio Cesare (Utah Festival Opera,) Judge Danforth in The Crucible (Arizona Opera,) Beppe in Pagliacci and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Knoxville Opera,) Alfred in Die Fledermaus (Jacksonville Lyric Opera,) the Prince in The Student Prince and Camille in The Merry Widow (Westwood Productions.) Mr. Gustafson sang Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra, internationally broadcast from Shanghai, and he recorded Prince Hal/Henry V in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack at Abbey Road Studio in London.