In all of Puccini’s operas he focuses on different aspects of the relationship between a woman and a man. In his last opera Turandot, which he could not finish before he died, he explores a strong opposition between the two, with a clear message at the end: LOVE, the ultimate power breaking all hatred and borders.
To make this statement Puccini uses the fable about the ice-princess Turandot, who is filled with hatred for any man who seeks her hand. Also for the unknown prince Calaf, who came to the palace to seek revenge against the overpowering of his country by Turandot, but falls in love with her after just seeing one glimpse of her.
In the view of our creative team the audience must almost physically feel this contrast between hate and love; from the moment they see the scenery untill the final aria. The dark and high palace wall, with the melted, muddy floor below, the dead bodies scattered around as statues and the ‘common people’ constantly moving in slow motion in their thick costumes, all add up to the feeling that a rich culture is clouded by the darkest mood. And, as in so many fables, only one ‘power’ is able to lift this mood and bring the ‘light’ back, with Puccini’s music as the perfect ‘messenger’.