September 29, 2016 |

O is for outdoors AND opera

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This Saturday, pack like you’re going on a picnic and make your way down to the first Open Arts College Night of the semester– Opera Philadelphia’s Opera on the Mall, a FREE, big-screen broadcast of Puccini’s classic, Turandot, in the shadow of Independence Hall!

Gates open at 6:00pm and the broadcast will begin at 7:00pm. Come early for the best seat spot of grass. When you’re settled, stop by our Open Arts table to say “hi.”

It’s always a good idea to do your research before you head to the opera, so we’ll set the stage for what to expect on Saturday:

Turandot
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Text by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Performed in Italian with English supertitles

Imperial ultimatum

In an imagined ancient China, the beautiful Princess Turandot reigns with an iron fist and an ice-cold heart. To her wooers, she has issued a decree: he who can answer her riddles will win her hand—all others will face beheading. When a mysterious man passes her test, will she finally open her heart to love? Puccini’s final work is one of his grandest, featuring forbidden romance and gorgeous melodies, including the rousing anthem “Nessun dorma.” This kaleidoscopic co-production, called “miraculous” by Opera News, features stunning sets, costumes, and choreography.

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