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Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), partnering with The Met Live: in HD, presents Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 12:55 p.m. The simulcast will run approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes with two intermissions. Dr. James Caplinger, from the University of Charleston, will give a complimentary lecture beginning at 12:15 p.m.
Tickets are $18 for general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for children/students. For tickets or more information, call GVT’s Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.
Puccini’s Turandot, the fairy tale story of a ruthless queen and her search for a worthy prince, stars Nina Stemme in the title role. Marco Berti portrays her suitor Caláf, Alexander Tsymbalyuk as Timur, the vanquished King of Tartary and Leah Crocetto as the young slave girl Liù. Paolo Carignani conducts this legendary production.
“[Nina Stemme] managed to render the grisly ice maiden surprisingly vulnerable… Her powerful, luxuriant voice retained its warmth throughout the evening, with blazing high notes that were never forced or shrill, even when projected over the massed ensembles of orchestra and chorus… The soprano Anita Hartig sang beautifully as the self-sacrificing Liù, her alluring voice plaintive and expressive; the rich-voiced bass-baritone Alexander Tsymbalyuk rendered Timur with dignity. Paolo Carignani conducted a lithe and detailed reading of Puccini’s sumptuous score.” —The New York Times

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