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Turandot at Carib 5 tomorrow

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM
A scene from Puccini's Turandot.

Puccini's final opera, Turandot, will be shown tomorrow at Carib 5, starting at 12:55 p.m.

Giacomo Puccini's opera, Turandot, set in ancient China, returns to the Metropolitan Opera. The live performance at Carib 5, direct from the Met in New York, will feature star dramatic soprano Nina Stemme in her first Met performances as the titular ice princess, and American soprano Leah Crocetto (in her Met debut) in the role of the angelic slave girl, Liu.

Marco Berti sings the role of Calaf, the suitor who risks his head for Turandot's hand, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk sings the role of the disguised king of Tartary, Timur.

Paolo Carignani will conduct Franco Zeffirelli's grand 1987 production, which some three decades later is being hailed as "still visually spectacular".

Nina Stemme previously sang the role of Turandot at La Scala and, in her native country of Sweden, at the Royal Swedish Opera and Dalhalla Opera.

She made her Met debut in 2000 as Senta in Wagner's Der Fliegende Hollander and was last seen at the Met in the title role in Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos in 2010. In the spring, Stemme adds a new role to her Met repertory as the title character in the new production of Strauss's Elektra.

Leah Crocetto, a winner of the 2010 Met National Council Auditions, makes her Met debut as Liu, after singing the role with the San Francisco Opera. She previously sang Mimi in La Boheme at the San Francisco Opera and Pittsburgh Opera, Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore at the Bordeaux Opera and San Francisco

Opera, and Desdemona in Otello at the English National Opera and Frankfurt Opera.

Marco Berti first sang Calaf at the Met in 2012. He has sung the role at many other opera houses, including the Berlin State Opera, La Scala and San Francisco Opera. His other roles at the Met have included Radames in Aida, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Don Jose in Carmen, and Manrico in Il Trovatore.

Alexander Tsymbalyuk has previously sung Timur at La Scala and the Hamburg State Opera. He made his Met debut in 2010 as Ferrando in Il Trovatore and later sang Lodovico in Otello in 2013.

Paolo Carignani made his Met debut in 2008, conducting La Traviata. During previous seasons he has conducted Aida and Verdi's Nabucco and later this season he will conduct performances of La

Boheme. The Italian maestro was the chief conductor of the Frankfurt Opera from 1997-2008.

Since the company premiere in 1926, which starred Maria Jeritza and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, and was conducted by Tullio Serafin, Turandot has been performed 296 times at the Met Zeffirelli's production premiered in 1987.

Among the many performers who have sung the leading roles with the company, Birgit Nilsson and Franco Corelli hold the Met record with 52 and 54 performances, respectively of the leading roles - more than half of which they sang together between 1961 and 1970.

Tickets are on sale for The Met Opera's 2015-16 Season at the box offices of participating cinemas and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card,