With Turandot, Puccini wrote his last opera; it remained a fragment. The story of Turandot dates back to at least the 12th century and comes from Persia. It reached Europe in the 18th century, where it was enthusiastically received and adapted. Puccini started working on the opera in 1920. He discovered seven original Chinese melodies which appear in the work, in part in leitmotif form. The première of the opera took place in 1926 at La Scala Milano. Turandot received its Austrian première at the Wiener Staatsoper six months after the world première. The opera has been performed over 300 times since then. The current production has been created by Marco Arturo Marelli, and the première took place on April 28th, 2016.
Vienna State Opera
27 February 2020