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When Pavarotti sang out the top B in Puccini’s ‘Nessun dorma’ across a huge crowd at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, the world collectively held its breath. A generation of football fans were learning what opera was all about — music that can transport you to another world, another place, a place where emotion wells up inside you at the sound of a single note.
“Vincerò”, the tenor cries — “I will win! I will WIN!”
Truthfully, few of the millions of people who watched that broadcast had an inkling of what the power of that music can be. Few had seen Turandot — Puccini’s opera about a brutal princess and an impossibly brave suitor, who will make any sacrifice to win her love.
Turandot is a fantasy opera of poetry and myth, set in an exotic world where fear and love go hand in hand and death is always just around the corner. ‘Nessun dorma’ is just one of its magnificent moments.
Running time: approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including two intervals.
Sung in Italian with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles.