Classical Season 2016/17 | RNS Presents

Opera North's Turandot

Sage One

Opera North

PUCCINI Turandot

Following the huge success of their Ring Cycle, Opera North return with Puccini’s overwhelmingly powerful final opera, Turandot. Conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong in a new concert staging.

In ancient Beijing, Princess Turandot decrees that she will marry the prince who can solve three riddles. Those who fail are put to death. Prince Calaf, dazzled by her beauty, determines to win her despite the pleas of the servant girl Liu who is secretly in love with him.

Puccini’s final opera includes music of overwhelming power, including Calaf’s celebrated Nessun Dorma. Following in the wake of its world-beating Ring Cycle, Turandot is the latest in Opera North’s acclaimed series of concert stagings of epic operas.

Cast includes:
Turandot Orla Boylan
Calaf Rafael Rojas
Timur Alastair Miles
Emperor Altoum Bonaventura Bottone
Liù Sunyoung Seo
Ping Gavan Ring
Pang Joseph Shovelton
Pong Nicholas Watts
Conductor Sir Richard Armstrong

Lasts approximately 2 hours 15 mins
Sung in Italian with English titles

Join us for a pre-show dinner, to be served on Sage Gateshead’s Concourse.
Menu info and booking details here.


Sunday Telegraph
‘magnificent… first-rate cast… a complete triumph’

The Times
‘If you have to do Turandot… do it like this… ‘

‘a searing account… plenty to absorb the eye. And the ear is ravished’

The Guardian
‘the production seems to provide an answer for the greater riddle of how to stage Turandot at all’

‘The production overwhelmed, as it must… magnificent’

British Theatre Guide
‘Opera North’s outstanding production… excels both in musical and theatrical terms… a production with real narrative excitement and suspense… a magnificent achievement’

Seen and Heard
‘the most immersive and musically-revelatory opera experience I have had to date… a truly winning production’

The Reviews Hub
‘talented cast gives a stellar performance’

Yorkshire Times
‘Puccini was performed to perfection… a fresh perspective’

Bar 5 for Under 30s

If you are under 30 our Bar 5 scheme entitles you to a ticket on selected performances for just £5 plus a FREE bottle of Heineken. Find out more.

17 and Under* or Unemployed?

Tickets are available for £5 in advance for RNS At Home and on the day for RNS Presents and RNS Nights Out subject to availability. (*With accompanying adult).

Dine With Us

Complete your Sage Gateshead experience by booking a pre-show dinner. Our Brasserie and Cafe are always open on concert evenings (and afternoons!), and we have some delicious dinner options on offer to accompany your concert package.

You can add a dining voucher to your ticket order, or click here to book if you already have your tickets.

Take the Bus!

Catch the bus to selected concerts at Sage Gateshead, at just £8 return. Buses run from:

HEXHAM via Chollerford, Wall, Acomb, Eastwood and Corbridge
ALNWICK via Amble, Warkworth, Felton, Morpeth, Wideopen and Gosforth
CARLISLE via Brampton
TEESSIDE via Guisborough, Great Ayton, Stokesley, Coulby Newham

You can book your bus online by adding it to your ticket order, or alternatively call 0191 443 4661 if you have already purchased tickets.

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