History Theatre / Turandot

15th Sep '17 4:20:59 PM WillKeaton
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* CostumePorn: The page picture is a mild example of how ostentatious Turandot's costumes get. And typically, the whole company is decked out in fancy looking Oriental clothing. See [[http://mariaguleghina.com/img/uploadedimages/2010022494902_BS-Turandot2.jpg here]]. Not to mention the heavy makeup everyone usually wears to make them [[YellowFace look (supposedly) Asian]].

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* CostumePorn: The page picture is a mild example of how ostentatious Turandot's costumes get. And typically, the whole company is decked out in fancy looking Oriental clothing. See [[http://mariaguleghina.com/img/uploadedimages/2010022494902_BS-Turandot2.jpg here]]. See here.]] Not to mention the heavy makeup everyone usually wears to make them [[YellowFace look (supposedly) Asian]].
15th Sep '17 4:20:36 PM WillKeaton
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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]].

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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.]]



* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Just how many times have you heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUkTKAg7HHM this tune]]?

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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Just how many times have you heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUkTKAg7HHM this tune]]?tune?]]



* 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]]. here.]]
15th Sep '17 4:19:58 PM WillKeaton
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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 Puccini and Toscanini initially wanted the experienced opera composer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riccardo_Zandonai Riccardo Zandonai]] according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he'd be more popular with audiences and generate more money]] -- which proved to be wrong.[[note]]What we think of as "Alfano's ending" was laboriously stitched together from Puccini's outlines -- in places so illegible that Alfano was using a magnifying glass, and went temporarily blind with the effort. It isn't even the complete ending Alfano wrote. It's what Toscanini chose to include from what he wrote.[[/note]] [[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]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQx5shLxLUc Hao Weiya]] 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!"]]. die!"]] It was left to his disciple Franco Alfano to finish the opera, although Puccini and Toscanini initially wanted the experienced opera composer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riccardo_Zandonai Riccardo Zandonai]] according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he'd be more popular with audiences and generate more money]] -- which proved to be wrong.[[note]]What we think of as "Alfano's ending" was laboriously stitched together from Puccini's outlines -- in places so illegible that Alfano was using a magnifying glass, and went temporarily blind with the effort. It isn't even the complete ending Alfano wrote. It's what Toscanini chose to include from what he wrote.[[/note]] [[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]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQx5shLxLUc Hao Weiya]] have written their own versions.
15th Sep '17 4:18:44 PM WillKeaton
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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 Puccini and Toscanini initially wanted the experienced opera composer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riccardo_Zandonai Riccardo Zandonai]] according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he'd be more popular with audiences and generate more money]] -- which proved to be wrong.[[note]]What we think of as "Alfano's ending" was laboriously stitched together from Puccini's outlines -- in places so illegible that Alfano was using a magnifying glass, and went temporarily blind with the effort. It isn't even the complete ending Alfano wrote. It's what Toscanini chose to include from what he wrote.[[/note]] [[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]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQx5shLxLUc Hao Weiya,]] 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 Puccini and Toscanini initially wanted the experienced opera composer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riccardo_Zandonai Riccardo Zandonai]] according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he'd be more popular with audiences and generate more money]] -- which proved to be wrong.[[note]]What we think of as "Alfano's ending" was laboriously stitched together from Puccini's outlines -- in places so illegible that Alfano was using a magnifying glass, and went temporarily blind with the effort. It isn't even the complete ending Alfano wrote. It's what Toscanini chose to include from what he wrote.[[/note]] [[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]], day,]] and some other composers, most recently [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPblqEspFEw Luciano Berio]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQx5shLxLUc Hao Weiya,]] Weiya]] have written their own versions.
15th Sep '17 4:18:27 PM WillKeaton
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Turandot gleefully tells her people they must learn the Unknown Prince's name before night ends or she'll [[KillEmAll kill 'em all]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath in most horrid ways imaginable]]. Cue Calaf, singing his famous aria "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3kpbPv2vPo Nessun Dorma]]". The Beijing folks try to bribe Calaf to get himself out of there and thus save their arses, but he's a [[IdiotHero Heroic Tenor]], so he won't listen. Then Timur and Liu are brought on stage, tied up and beaten. They've been noticed speaking to Calaf in the beginning of the opera, so they're supposed to know his name. Turandot comes and mass torture is about to ensue, when Liu says she alone knows his name but won't tell. She then [[HeroicSacrifice kills]] [[DrivenToSuicide herself]], fearing she might give Calaf's name away under the [[ColdBloodedTorture horrible tortures]]. Followed by the epic TearJerker when everyone mourns the brave little Liu and carries her body off the stage.

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 Puccini and Toscanini initially wanted the experienced opera composer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riccardo_Zandonai Riccardo Zandonai]] according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he'd be more popular with audiences and generate more money]] -- which proved to be wrong.[[note]]What we think of as "Alfano's ending" was laboriously stitched together from Puccini's outlines -- in places so illegible that Alfano was using a magnifying glass, and went temporarily blind with the effort. It isn't even the complete ending Alfano wrote. It's what Toscanini chose to include from what he wrote.[[/note]] [[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]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQx5shLxLUc Hao Weiya]], have written their own versions.

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Turandot gleefully tells her people they must learn the Unknown Prince's name before night ends or she'll [[KillEmAll kill 'em all]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath in most horrid ways imaginable]]. Cue Calaf, singing his famous aria "[[http://www.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3kpbPv2vPo Nessun Dorma]]". "Nessun Dorma."]] The Beijing folks try to bribe Calaf to get himself out of there and thus save their arses, but he's a [[IdiotHero Heroic Tenor]], so he won't listen. Then Timur and Liu are brought on stage, tied up and beaten. They've been noticed speaking to Calaf in the beginning of the opera, so they're supposed to know his name. Turandot comes and mass torture is about to ensue, when Liu says she alone knows his name but won't tell. She then [[HeroicSacrifice kills]] [[DrivenToSuicide herself]], fearing she might give Calaf's name away under the [[ColdBloodedTorture horrible tortures]]. Followed by the epic TearJerker when everyone mourns the brave little Liu and carries her body off the stage.

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 Puccini and Toscanini initially wanted the experienced opera composer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riccardo_Zandonai Riccardo Zandonai]] according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he'd be more popular with audiences and generate more money]] -- which proved to be wrong.[[note]]What we think of as "Alfano's ending" was laboriously stitched together from Puccini's outlines -- in places so illegible that Alfano was using a magnifying glass, and went temporarily blind with the effort. It isn't even the complete ending Alfano wrote. It's what Toscanini chose to include from what he wrote.[[/note]] [[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]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQx5shLxLUc Hao Weiya]], Weiya,]] have written their own versions.
1st Jul '17 6:14:41 PM AzureOwl
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* LyricalDissonance: "Nessun Dorma" is one of the most beautiful and famous arias in all of opera. It's also a song about the fact that nobody in Beijing is sleeping that night because ''the entire population of the city will be massacred in the morning'' if they don't find out Calaf's name. The chorus of women that can be heard in the distance seals this:
-->''No one will know his name,''
-->''and we will have to, alas, die, die!''
3rd Nov '16 6:09:16 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]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQx5shLxLUc Hao Weiya]], 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 Puccini and Toscanini initially wanted the experienced opera composer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riccardo_Zandonai Riccardo Zandonai Zandonai]] according to his notes. [[ExecutiveMeddling But the publisher Ricordi chose Alfano because they assumed he would make he'd be more money, popular with audiences and generate more money]] -- which proved to be wrong.]] [[note]]What we think of as "Alfano's ending" was laboriously stitched together from Puccini's outlines -- in places so illegible that Alfano was using a magnifying glass, and went temporarily blind with the effort. It isn't even the complete ending Alfano wrote. It's what Toscanini chose to include from what he wrote.[[/note]] [[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]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQx5shLxLUc Hao Weiya]], have written their own versions.
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.
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