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If he can't win her heart, she'll have his head.
7:30PM, Friday, May 2, 2025
7:30PM, Saturday, May 3, 2025
2:00PM, Sunday, May 4, 2025

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To win the vengeful Princess Turandot’s hand in marriage, Prince Calaf must first solve three riddles. But, if he answers one of them incorrectly, he’ll be put to death. No, it’s not a new reality show. It’s Puccini’s Turandot, and the frequently fatal questions are just the beginning. When the prince passes the test, the princess balks at holding up her side of the bargain. To give her an out and himself another shot, he offers her an intriguing riddle of his own: if she can guess his name by dawn, she’ll be off the hook, and he’ll be on the chopping block. Is one night enough to soften her scorn? Amidst his unmistakable melodies and trademark twists, Puccini draws inspiration from instruments and elements of the opera’s setting in ancient China and gives us his final, flawless love story.

COMPOSERGiacomo Puccini
LIBRETTOGiusseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
CONDUCTORCarlo Montanaro
DIRECTORGarnett Bruce
Understand every word:Performed in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

Principal Cast

Wendy Bryn Harmer

Princess Turandot

Diego Torre

Calaf (May 2 & May 4)

Brittany Olivia Logan


William Guanbo Su


Alexander Smith


Zhengyi Bai


Jaemyeong Lee


Seungchan Hong


Genaro Méndez

Emperor Altoum

Creative Team

Carlo Montanaro


Garnett Bruce


R. Keith Brumley

Set Designer

Mary Traylor

Costume Designer

James Sale

Lighting Designer

Photos of the Show

Turandot photos by Cory Weaver for Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

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With public support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
This project is supported in part by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.
Turandot is sponsored by the Lyric Opera Circle.