Premiere in Tokio and japanese tour of ‘Turandot’ by Àlex Ollé

Published 11/07/2019

The second Turandot by La Fura dels Baus will tour around 4 Japanese stages. The opera by Àlex Ollé will be performed in two places in Tokyo: the Bunka Kaikan (July 12, 13 and 14 ) and the New National Theatre (July 18, 20, 21 and 22). And it will landed at the Biwako Hall in Otsu (July, 27 and 28) and the Cultural Arts Theatre in Sapporo (August, 3 and 4). Advance sale of tickets through this link.

This tour is part of the Summer Festival Opera 2019 and the music will performed by the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. Among the soloists who will participate in the production are the sopranos Iréne Theorin and Jennifer Wilson, as Princess Turandot, the tenors Teodor Ilincăi and David Pomeroy as Calaf, Japanese sopranos Nakamura Eri and Sunakawa Ryoko in the role of Liú and the basses Riccardo Zanellato and Tsumaya Hidekazu in the role of Timur.

Turandot is the unfinished opera that Giacomo Puccini left behind. It was a story, but there is no doubt that it was a terrible story. It seemed to talk about love, but in reality, it very much talked about something else. In fact, it talked about power. For example, about how power is ruthlessly exercised over the weak, about the fascination that power generates in those that dare to look it in the face. Turandot was a love story full of cruelty, pain, blood and death. A world in which the distance between the emperor and the people is simply that of a vertiginous hierarchy.

An inverted pyramid and a symbolic world
This was what inspired Àlex Ollé’s first idea of employing a pyramid to map the distance. Although it soon evolved into another idea, an inverted pyramid, as it conveys a more oppressive sensation, that of a closed space, in which the agonisingly narrow base is where the desperate, ragged people are cramped together and where the power, up high, is as splendid as it is overwhelming. The stairs perched on the walls of the inverted pyramid act as a gateway for those who aspire to get closer to the power.

Turandot, is no doubt, a fantastic story, a story that abides by a logic unlike the one that governs the real world. Turandot’s world is symbolic; it is a closed space that is impossible to escape. This is the world where Turandot must be placed. It makes sense that Turandot is a woman who is traumatised by the abuse and mistreatment her ancestress suffered at the hands of men. She is a woman that spent years brooding hate towards men, and this furious hate pervades the politics of the kingdom that she must rule one day alongside the consort that she seems to be looking for, but actually refuses to find.