SFO revives David Hockney’s vibrantly colorful “Turandot”

Editor’s note. I cannot be in San Francisco to review this, so I am offering some former reviews related to the David Hockney production which has cropped up here and there with some frequency. See below.

Martina Serafin in the title role of Puccini’s “Turandot.”
Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Brian Jagde as Calaf in Puccini’s “Turandot.”
Photo: Cory Weaver/SFO

Turandot  — Martina Serafin 1
Turandot —  Nina Stemme 2
Calaf — Brian Jagde
Liù — Toni Marie Palmertree 1
Liù — Leah Crocetto 2
Timur — Raymond Aceto 1
Timur — Soloman Howard *2
Ping — Joo Won Kang
Pang — Julius Ahn
Pong — Joel Sorensen
A Mandarin–  Brad Walker
Emperor Altoum — Robert Brubaker

Conductor Nicola Luisotti 1
Conductor — Christopher Franklin *2

Production and Design — David Hockney

Martina Serafin as Princess Turandot and Brian Jagde as Calaf in Puccini’s “Turandot.”
Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Director — Garnett Bruce
Costume Designer — Ian Falconer
Original Lighting Designer — Thomas J. Munn
Lighting Designer — Gary Marder
Chorus Director — Ian Robertson
Choreographer — Lawrence Pech
Fight Director — Dave Maier

September 8, 12, 15, 21, 24, 30;
November 18, 25, 28; December 3, 6, 9, 2017
* San Francisco Opera debut

1 Sept. 8, 12, 15, 21, 24, 30
2 Nov. 18, 25, 28; Dec. 3, 6, 9

A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago


Act III, Scene 2 of Puccini’s “Turandot” in the production by David Hockney.
Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

An interview with Jane Eaglen.

A San Diego Opera review from San Diego Magazine appearing on Opera-L.

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