Opera - Turandot
Lyric drama in three acts
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni, after Gozzi's dramatic fairy-tale
'People of proud Peking'
Mandarin, Crowd, Guards, Liù, Unknown Prince, Timur
'When all was lost'
Timur, Unknown Prince, Liù, Crowd
'Sharpen the axe!'
Crowd, Executioner's Assistant
'Is the moon never rising?'
'How young to die!'
Crowd, Unknown Prince, White Priests of the Procession
'Son, are you mad?'
Timur, Unknown Prince, Liù, Prince of Persia, Crowd
'What do you want? Who are you?'
Ping, Pong, Pang, Unknown Prince
'Why so much noise?'
Turandot's Handmaidens, Ping, Pong, Pang, Unknown Prince, Timur
'Nights without a gleam of starlight . . .'
Pang, Pong, Ping, Voices of the Shadows, Unknown Prince, Timur
'I beg you, hear me'
'Don't cry for me, Liù'
Unknown Prince, Liù, Timur
'Ah! How can you ignore us?'
Timur, Liù, Ping, Pong, Pang, Unknown Prince, Crowd
'Hallo Pang! Hallo Pong!'
'I've a house in fair Honan'
Ping, Pong, Pang
'Do you remember when the Royal Prince of Samarkand came?'
Ping, Voices within, Pong, Pang
'With the three enigmas ready'
'I am the pris'ner of a ghastly promise'
Emperor, Unknown Prince, Crowd
'People of proud Peking!'
'Within this Palace a story lives forever'
'O Princess who in caravans of splendour'
Turandot, Unknown Prince, Crowd
'O stranger, now listen!'
Turandot, Unknown Prince, Sages, Emperor, Crowd, Liù
'Emp'ror and father! Son of Heaven!'
Turandot, Emperor, Crowd, Unknown Prince
'Three enigmas that you asked me'
'The Princess Turandot commands'
Heralds, Distant Voices
'None shall sleep now!'
Unknown Prince, Women's Voices, Ping, Pong, Pang
'These girls should please you!'
Ping, Pong, Pang, Maidens, Unknown Prince, Crowd, Guards
'How pale you look, O stranger!'
Turandot, Unkown Prince, Liù, Crowd, Ping, Timur
'Yes, I love him so deeply!'
Liù, Turandot, Ping, Unknown Prince, Crowd
'You who with ice are shrouded'
Liù, Crowd, Unknown Prince
'Liù!. . . Liù!. . . Wake up!'
Timur, Ping, Crowd, Pong, Pang
'Deathly Princess, so heartless!'
Unknown Prince, Turandot
'What have you done?'
Turandot, Unknown Prince, Voices
'I never wept before'
Turandot, Unknown Prince
'Glory to our Emp'ror!'
Jane Eaglen soprano - Princess Turandot
Nicolai Gedda tenor - The Emperor Altoum
Clive Bayley bass - Timur
Dennis O'Neill tenor - Calaf
Mary Plazas soprano - Liù
Peter Sidhom baritone - Ping
Mark Le Brocq tenor - Pang/Prince of Persia
Peter Wedd tenor - Pong
Simon Bailey baritone - A Mandarin
28 April- 3 May 2001