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Gwangju Metropolitan Opera’s 11th Regular Performance
Opera “Turandot” by Puccini

Turandot, a vast opera with a world-class production crew and cast members

Gwangju Metropolitan Opera’s 11th Regular Performance <br>
Opera “Turandot” by Puccini
  • DateNov. 26–27, 2022 (SAT–SUN)
  • Time(SAT) 17:00, (SUN) 15:00
  • PlaceTheater 1
  • Age LimitMust be 8 years or older
  • Person608 seats
  • Price KRW 70,000 for V seats / KRW 50,000 for R seats / KRW 30,000 for S seats / KRW 10,000 for A seats (Discount Info: Please check the ticket office.)
  • TicketGwangju Culture & Arts Center website / Ticketlink
  • ContactGwangju Culture & Arts Center +82-62-412-2502
  • Running Time165 min (intermission included)
  • Hosted byAsia Culture Center, Gwangju Culture & Arts Center, Daegu Foundation for Arts & Culture
  • Organized byGwangju Metropolitan Opera
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Information
Reminders for Visitors and Regarding Reservation
Age Requirement
  • Age: 8 years or older (born in or before 2015)
  • Visitors must present documentary evidence to prove their date of birth. (e.g., Health insurance card, passport, resident registration card, student identification, etc.)
  • ※ Visitors under the age 8 are not allowed to enter the hall regardless of whether they have a ticket or are accompanied by a guardian.
Ticket Reservation and Pickup
  • Reservations may be done via Ticketlink Click + and the Gwangju Culture & Arts Center website click +.
  • Tickets may be claimed or purchased on-site an hour before show time. Nov. 26 (SAT) 16:00, Nov. 27 (SUN) 14:00
  • ※ Tickets can be claimed after the confirmation of the visitor’s reservation number and mobile phone number.
  • Wheelchair seats can be reserved through the Ticketlink Call Center (+82-1588-7890).
  • ※ Discounted purchases must be verified on-site with the relevant certification. If not, the visitor must pay for the difference between the regular price and discounted price.
Visitor Information
  • Asia Culture Center maintains a strict policy on age restrictions, late arrivals, and photography during the performance to ensure the best experience for our visitors.
  • ※ You are liable for the issues caused by your failure to understand the regulations for admission.
  • The performance hall will open 30 minutes before the start of the performance. Admission may be restricted after the show begins.
  • ※ The time of entry may vary depending on the features of the performance or site conditions. Please enter the hall at least 10 minutes before the show begins.
  • A free parking voucher (for 4 hours) will be provided upon receipt of your ticket at the box office on-site.
Introduction
Gwangju Metropolitan Opera’s 11th Regular Performance
Opera “Turandot” by Puccini
A megaproject with a world-class production crew and cast members!
The opera “Turandot” by Puccini, a joint production between the Gwangju Metropolitan Opera and Daegu Opera House, is all the rage as the opening piece for the 19th Daegu International Opera Festival and its first full performance in the Gwangju-Jeonnam region. “Turandot” is one of the world’s top four opera masterpieces and renowned as Puccini’s most passionate work. The maestro was confident enough to say that, “You can forget all of my previous work.”

“Turandot” is the story of a cold-hearted princess, Turandot, who lives in ancient China, and Prince Calaf, who strives to win her heart. The opera features a mysterious melody with an oriental mood as represented by “Nessun Dorma,” one of the most famous arias in opera history, in addition to its spectacular production.

In particular, professor In-wook Park of the Department of Music of the Chonnam National University, will conduct the music as the senior artistic director, and Plamen Kartaloff, artistic director of Sofia Theater, will direct the production, further raising the expectations for the quality of the work.

As “Turandot” is a magnificent large-scale opera with more than two hours of performance and nearly 300 production and cast members, this will be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for opera fans.
Introduction
  • TitleTurandot
  • Composition Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)
  • ScriptGiuseppe Adami, Renato Simoni
  • Premiere Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, Apr. 25, 1926
  • OriginalThe play “Turandot” by Carlo Kochi
  • LanguageItalian (Subtitles in Korean and English)
  • Act Three acts
Synopsis
The opera “Turandot” begins in ancient Beijing, China when Calaf, the prince of Tartary, falls in love at the first sight of the beauty of the princess, Turandot.

Turandot gives three challenging riddles to men who propose to her. If they fail to answer them, the princess orders for them to be executed. Despite all the dissuasion, Calaf is determined to propose to her, and solves all three riddles. However, Turandot refuses to marry him. Calaf tells the princess that he will give up on the marriage if she discovers his name by the next day. The princess tortures Calaf’s maid, Liu, to reveal the prince’s name, but the slave girl, who loves the prince, commits suicide, keeping his name a secret. Finally, Calaf reveals his true identity and puts his life in the hands of the princess.
Producers
Art Director and ConductorPark In-wook
  • Seoul Arts High School, College of Music at Seoul National University
  • Master’s degree at Mozarteum University Salzburg in Austria, Kleines Diplome, Grosses Diplome
  • Postgraduate Program at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
  • Assistant conductor of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain
  • Guest conductor of the Slovak National Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonic, Lithuania National Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korean National Symphony Orchestra, , Seongnam City Symphony Orchestra, Daegu City Symphony Orchestra, Gwangju City Symphony Orchestra, Korea National Opera, Seoul Metropolitan Opera, and more.
  • Currently a Professor of the College of Music, Chonnam National University
  • Currently the Musical Director of the Camerata Jeonnam Orchestra
DirectorPlamen Kartaloff
  • Stage director, opera manager, and pedagogue
  • Major in opera direction at the National Academy of Music “Pancho Vladigerov” in Bulgaria, film directing at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, specialization in opera directing in Berlin
  • Since the 1970s, he has staged over 180 productions in world-famous opera houses and festivals in the United States, Europe, Japan, and China.
  • Directed operas of different genres, namely, baroque, modern art, buffo, and seria with several Bulgarian premieres of baroque works
  • Art director of the Ruse Opera Theatre (1982–1986), Stefan Makedonski Theatre in Sofia (1990–1994), and Sofia National Opera and Ballet (1994–2000, 2008 onward)
  • Produced Wagner’s biggest works, “Der Ring des Nibelungen,” “Tristan und Isolde,” and “Parsifal” with Bulgarian opera singers for the first time in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Currently the Director of the Sofia National Opera and Ballet
CodirectorKi Min-jeong
  • Master’s degree in opera direction, Korea National University of Arts
  • Directed the premiere of the creative opera “Kimchi” of the Gwangju Metropolitan Opera, adapted and premiered the creative opera “Zoo of Goblins” for children at the Korean Cultural Center in Berlin, Germany
  • Directed “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Rigoletto,” “La Boheme,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “L'Elisir d'amore,” and more
  • Directed the Jeong Yul-seong International Music Festival, the closing ceremony of the Daegu International Opera Festival, the 60th anniversary concert of Korean Opera, etc.
  • Active in various fields in opera, creative plays, concerts, and choreodramas
  • Currently the Head of the Operastage JK & J Choir

  • Stage Design
    Lim Chang-ju

  • Costume Design
    Park Ji-u

  • Makeup Design
    Lee Jeong-su

  • Prop Design
    Yun Mi-yeon
Cast
Main Characters
회차별 출연일정 및 출연자를 나타낸 표
Role/Date Nov. 26 (SAT), 17:00 Nov. 27 (SUN), 15:00
Turandot
(Sop.)

Lee Yun-jeong

Lim Gyeong-a
Calaf
(Ten.)

Yun Byeong-gil

Lee Dawit
Cast

  • Liu (Sop.)
    Kim Eun-hye

  • Timur (Bass)
    Kim Il-dong

  • Ping (Bar.)
    Han Myeong-won

  • Pong (Ten.)
    Lee Sa-ya

  • Pang (Ten.)
    Choi Ki-su

  • Altoum (Ten.)
    Ko Kyu-nam

  • Mandarin (Bar.)
    Lee Ha-seok
Group Cast
Camerata Jeonnam Orchestra, Gwangju City Ballet, Gwangju CBS Children’s Choir
Place Info.

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