dateMarch 17, 2009
categoryOpera Carolina News
She's a Man-eater
Charlotte, NC – Like the sphinx in Egypt, Princess Turandot of Beijing refuses to make life easy for her suitors. Although renowned for her beauty, Turandot conceals an icy heart. To avenge her murdered ancestor, Princess Lou-Ling, who was slain by a conquering prince, Turandot swears off men and sentences to death any who cannot answer correctly her three riddles. But Prince Calàf is determined to have her, finally teaching her the power of true love.
Internationally-acclaimed soprano Lori Phillips (Love Notes) returns to Charlotte as the formidable Turandot. The New York Times commends her, recently writing, “both vocally and dramatically, Lori Phillips endowed her Turandot with the icy imperiousness the role demands...it was difficult not to admire her dark timbre and the sheer power she produced.” Also returning to Opera Carolina is Jee Hyun Lim (Love Notes) as the servant girl Liù, who sacrifices her life out of unrequited love for Prince Calàf, sung by Roy Cornelius Smith. Under the baton of Opera Carolina’s General Director & Principal Conductor, James Meena, Turandot culminates the 2008/2009 Opera Season.
Turandot will be performed at the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center April 16 at 7:30 p.m., April 18 at 8:00 p.m. & April 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 704.372.1000 or visit us at http://www.operacarolina.org. Full cast listings and bios are available at Opera Carolina Cast Bios. To download images of this production please visit Opera Carolina Media Photos. Current images available include headshots, producttion photos, and the Opera Carolina logo.
Turandot is sung in Italian with projected English titles and is recommended for G audiences. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. This production is made possible by Presenting Sponsors Margaret and Price Zimmermann, and The Hearst Corporation. Principal Artists sponsored by Drs. Ki-Hyun and Sun Shin Chun. Additional support provided by Duke Energy, Faison, U.S. Airways, and Blue Restaurant & Bar. Media support provided by The Charlotte Observer. Consistently appearing in The Charlotte Observer’s “101 Things to Do in Charlotte,” check Opera Carolina off the list and be a part of the 2008/2009 season!