History Theatre / Turandot

21st Feb '16 6:31:36 PM CaptEquinox
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In ancient [[ImperialChina Beijing]], the beautiful [[IceQueen ice princess]] Turandot executes any potential suitor who can't answer her three riddles. Nevertheless, the poor lads seem to come to the city in spades, and among them our [[TheHero Hero]], the Unknown Prince Calaf. Upon his arrival on stage, he meets his long-lost father, the old and blind Timur, and with him his guide, the slave girl Liu. Cue the last of Turandot's unhappy suitors, the Prince of Persia (no, not ''[[PrinceOfPersia that]]'' one), being sentenced and beheaded. Calaf sees Turandot for the first time and immediately [[LoveAtFirstSight falls in love with her]] (duh). Everyone, including Turandot's three ministers, tries to talk some sense into the enamored prince, but he, of course, is determined to win Turandot's hand [[{{Determinator}} no matter what]]. He manages to answer her riddles correctly, and theoretically, he's the winner, but Turandot still refuses to marry him. Calaf, being a prince and a gentleman, offers his conditions: if she learns his name before sun rises, she can add his head to her palace's [[NightmareFuel fancy decorations]]. If not, however, she must shut up and become his wife.

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In ancient [[ImperialChina Beijing]], the beautiful [[IceQueen ice princess]] Turandot executes any potential suitor who can't answer her three riddles. Nevertheless, the poor lads seem to come to the city in spades, droves, and among them our [[TheHero Hero]], the Unknown Prince Calaf. Upon his arrival on stage, he meets his long-lost father, the old and blind King Timur, and with him his guide, the slave girl Liu. Liu.[[note]]They are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartary Tartars]], who suffered a crushing defeat from the Chinese years ago, thus why the royals are WalkingTheEarth.[[/note]] Cue the last of Turandot's unhappy suitors, the Prince of Persia (no, not ''[[PrinceOfPersia that]]'' one), being sentenced and beheaded. Calaf sees Turandot for the first time and immediately [[LoveAtFirstSight falls in love with her]] (duh). Everyone, including Turandot's three ministers, tries to talk some sense into the enamored prince, but he, of course, is determined to win Turandot's hand [[{{Determinator}} no matter what]]. He manages to answer her riddles correctly, and theoretically, he's the winner, but Turandot still refuses to marry him. Calaf, being a prince and a gentleman, offers his conditions: if she learns his name before sun rises, she can add his head to her palace's [[NightmareFuel fancy decorations]]. If not, however, she must shut up and become his wife.


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* GoOutWithASmile: The Persian prince. As the crowd begs Turandot for mercy, he walks calmly to his death.
13th Feb '16 11:11:24 PM CaptEquinox
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* BigDamnKiss: What Calaf gives Turandot, really more of a ForcefulKiss. Last-scene rewriter Hao Weiya makes it a gentle TrueLovesKiss.
13th Feb '16 9:20:32 PM CaptEquinox
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At this point, ''Turandot'' suffered a major case of AuthorExistenceFailure, because Giacomo Puccini died of laryngial cancer after he gave up on the opera nine months before. He visited the conductor Arturo Toscanini before he went away to chemotherapy and begged him: [[PosthumousCollaboration "Don't let my Turandot die!"]]. It was left to his disciple Franco Alfano to finish the opera, although he initially wanted Riccardo Zandonai according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he would make more money, which proved to be wrong.]] [[https://youtu.be/VgTkzN1fETU?t=5886 The ending]] is [[http://www.theguardian.com/books/2002/jun/08/artsfeatures still wildly debated]] [[http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1992-10-11/features/1992285147_1_turandot-manon-lescaut-puccini to this day]], and some other composers, most recently [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPblqEspFEw Luciano Berio]], have written their own versions.

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At this point, ''Turandot'' suffered a major case of AuthorExistenceFailure, because Giacomo Puccini died of laryngial cancer after he gave up on the opera nine months before. He visited the conductor Arturo Toscanini before he went away to chemotherapy and begged him: [[PosthumousCollaboration "Don't let my Turandot die!"]]. It was left to his disciple Franco Alfano to finish the opera, although he initially wanted Riccardo Zandonai according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he would make more money, which proved to be wrong.]] [[https://youtu.be/VgTkzN1fETU?t=5886 The ending]] is [[http://www.theguardian.com/books/2002/jun/08/artsfeatures still wildly debated]] [[http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1992-10-11/features/1992285147_1_turandot-manon-lescaut-puccini to this day]], and some other composers, most recently [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPblqEspFEw Luciano Berio]], Berio]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQx5shLxLUc Hao Weiya]], have written their own versions.


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** Most of the new endings are designed to give the princess a bit of time to melt and get used to the idea.
13th Feb '16 8:45:03 PM CaptEquinox
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At this point, ''Turandot'' suffered a major case of AuthorExistenceFailure, because Giacomo Puccini died of laryngial cancer after he gave up on the opera nine months before. He visited the conductor Arturo Toscanini before he went away to chemotherapy and begged him: [[PosthumousCollaboration "Don't let my Turandot die!"]]. It was left to his disciple Franco Alfano to finish the opera, although he initially wanted Riccardo Zandonai according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he would make more money, which proved to be wrong.]] [[https://youtu.be/VgTkzN1fETU?t=5886 The ending]] is [[http://www.theguardian.com/books/2002/jun/08/artsfeatures still wildly debated to this day]], and some other composers, most recently [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPblqEspFEw Luciano Berio]], have written their own versions.

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At this point, ''Turandot'' suffered a major case of AuthorExistenceFailure, because Giacomo Puccini died of laryngial cancer after he gave up on the opera nine months before. He visited the conductor Arturo Toscanini before he went away to chemotherapy and begged him: [[PosthumousCollaboration "Don't let my Turandot die!"]]. It was left to his disciple Franco Alfano to finish the opera, although he initially wanted Riccardo Zandonai according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he would make more money, which proved to be wrong.]] [[https://youtu.be/VgTkzN1fETU?t=5886 The ending]] is [[http://www.theguardian.com/books/2002/jun/08/artsfeatures still wildly debated debated]] [[http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1992-10-11/features/1992285147_1_turandot-manon-lescaut-puccini to this day]], and some other composers, most recently [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPblqEspFEw Luciano Berio]], have written their own versions.
13th Feb '16 7:49:13 PM CaptEquinox
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* SceneryPorn: Opera directors can get a bit carried away with Turandot's set design. See [[http://www.theopera101.com/static/img/operas/Turandot-Met_Full.jpg here]] and [[http://medias.medici.tv/movie/turandot-puccini-franco-zefirelli-verona_d_jpg_720x405_crop_upscale_q95.jpg here]]. Given that this is supposed to be a massive spectacle, watch for AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever. The San Francisco production in 1977 had a [[https://www.sfcv.org/sites/default/files/u36849/SFO-Turandot.png huge Buddha statue]], which actually ''moved and wept TearsOfBlood'' when Calaf kissed the Princess into life. In Florida in 2010, the Emperor's throne was held in the claws of [[http://images2.miaminewtimes.com/imager/florida-grand-operas-production-of-tur/u/745xauto/6378609/5639553.0.jpg a gigantic dragon]] who took up half the stage.

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* SceneryPorn: Opera directors can get a bit carried away with Turandot's set design. See [[http://www.theopera101.com/static/img/operas/Turandot-Met_Full.jpg here]] and [[http://medias.medici.tv/movie/turandot-puccini-franco-zefirelli-verona_d_jpg_720x405_crop_upscale_q95.jpg here]]. Given that this is supposed to be a massive spectacle, watch for AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever. The San Francisco production in 1977 had a [[https://www.sfcv.org/sites/default/files/u36849/SFO-Turandot.png huge Buddha statue]], which actually ''moved and wept TearsOfBlood'' when Calaf kissed the Princess into life. In Florida in 2010, the Emperor's throne was held in the claws of [[http://images2.miaminewtimes.com/imager/florida-grand-operas-production-of-tur/u/745xauto/6378609/5639553.0.jpg a gigantic dragon]] who took up half the stage.
13th Feb '16 7:48:28 PM CaptEquinox
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* GreekChorus: The three ministers, Ping, Pang and Pong. Their gestures and manners are derived from classic Chinese opera combined with Italian ''commedia dell'arte'' stylings.

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* GreekChorus: The chorus. Plus the three ministers, Ping, Pang and Pong. Their gestures and manners are derived from classic Chinese opera combined with Italian ''commedia dell'arte'' stylings.



* RealPlaceBackground: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyZHi-yVESQ Turandot at the Forbidden City]]'' might qualify.



* SceneryPorn: Opera directors can get a bit carried away with Turandot's set design. See [[http://www.theopera101.com/static/img/operas/Turandot-Met_Full.jpg here]] and [[http://medias.medici.tv/movie/turandot-puccini-franco-zefirelli-verona_d_jpg_720x405_crop_upscale_q95.jpg here]].

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* SceneryPorn: Opera directors can get a bit carried away with Turandot's set design. See [[http://www.theopera101.com/static/img/operas/Turandot-Met_Full.jpg here]] and [[http://medias.medici.tv/movie/turandot-puccini-franco-zefirelli-verona_d_jpg_720x405_crop_upscale_q95.jpg here]]. Given that this is supposed to be a massive spectacle, watch for AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever. The San Francisco production in 1977 had a [[https://www.sfcv.org/sites/default/files/u36849/SFO-Turandot.png huge Buddha statue]], which actually ''moved and wept TearsOfBlood'' when Calaf kissed the Princess into life. In Florida in 2010, the Emperor's throne was held in the claws of [[http://images2.miaminewtimes.com/imager/florida-grand-operas-production-of-tur/u/745xauto/6378609/5639553.0.jpg a gigantic dragon]] who took up half the stage.
13th Feb '16 6:58:19 PM CaptEquinox
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At this point, ''Turandot'' suffered a major case of AuthorExistenceFailure, because Giacomo Puccini died of laryngial cancer after he gave up on the opera nine months before. He visited the conductor Arturo Toscanini before he went away to chemotherapy and begged him: [[PosthumousCollaboration "Don't let my Turandot die!"]]. It was left to his disciple Franco Alfano to finish the opera, although he initially wanted Riccardo Zandonai according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he would make more money, which proved to be wrong.]] The ending is still wildly debated to this day, and some other composers, namely Luciano Berio, have written their own versions.

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At this point, ''Turandot'' suffered a major case of AuthorExistenceFailure, because Giacomo Puccini died of laryngial cancer after he gave up on the opera nine months before. He visited the conductor Arturo Toscanini before he went away to chemotherapy and begged him: [[PosthumousCollaboration "Don't let my Turandot die!"]]. It was left to his disciple Franco Alfano to finish the opera, although he initially wanted Riccardo Zandonai according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he would make more money, which proved to be wrong.]] [[https://youtu.be/VgTkzN1fETU?t=5886 The ending ending]] is [[http://www.theguardian.com/books/2002/jun/08/artsfeatures still wildly debated to this day, day]], and some other composers, namely most recently [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPblqEspFEw Luciano Berio, Berio]], have written their own versions.



* HappyEnding: Uncharacteristically for a Puccini opera, ''Turandot'' has one - which probably explains some of the criticism it gets from professional critics. The Berio ending, while exquisitely beautiful and using almost all of Puccini's outline, is more ambiguous.

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* HappyEnding: Uncharacteristically for a Puccini opera, ''Turandot'' has one - which probably explains some of the criticism it gets from professional critics. The Berio ending, while exquisitely beautiful and using almost all of Puccini's outline, is [[http://www.soiveheard.com/2002/11/turandot-and-its-not-s0-happy-endings/ more ambiguous.ambiguous]].


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** His rationale is that Turandot has begged him not to take her by force, as happened to her ancestor.
13th Feb '16 6:10:12 PM CaptEquinox
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''Turandot'' is an {{opera}} by Music/GiacomoPuccini.

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''Turandot'' is an {{opera}} by Music/GiacomoPuccini.
Music/GiacomoPuccini. It is mostly based on a 16th-century stage play version of an ancient fairytale first set in writing by a 12th-century Persian poet.



* FemmeFatalons: Turandot often has them, as a noblewoman of Chin a would have had.

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* FemmeFatalons: Turandot often has them, as a noblewoman of Chin a China would have had.



* HappyEnding: Uncharacteristically for a Puccini opera, ''Turandot'' has one - which probably explains some of the criticism it gets from professional critics.

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* GreekChorus: The three ministers, Ping, Pang and Pong. Their gestures and manners are derived from classic Chinese opera combined with Italian ''commedia dell'arte'' stylings.
* HappyEnding: Uncharacteristically for a Puccini opera, ''Turandot'' has one - which probably explains some of the criticism it gets from professional critics. The Berio ending, while exquisitely beautiful and using almost all of Puccini's outline, is more ambiguous.


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** Specifically, the foreign jerks were ''Tartars'' -- and that's what Calaf is.
1st Feb '16 9:03:48 PM AzureOwl
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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Calaf's fixation with getting Turandot is supposed to be romantic, but the guy is willing to let ''an entire city'' '''die''' in order to get her.
1st Feb '16 4:55:19 AM AzureOwl
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Calaf has already passed the tests and won the princess's hand in marriage. There really is no reason to offer her an extra chance and all it accomplishes is to put every single man, woman and child in Beijing in mortal peril and leads directly to Liu's death.
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