What is like ice, but burns like fire?

Turandot—a cold-hearted but exquisitely beautiful princess who challenges her suitors to a deadly game of wits. Only Calaf, an exiled prince, is hot-blooded enough to crack her icy veneer.

Music by Giacomo Puccini | Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Running Time

Approximately 3 hours including two intermissions

Who Should See It

Great first opera. Fans of The Three Tenors and lovers of art.

Best Value Dates

Saturday, November 18
Saturday, November 25
Tuesday, November 28
Wednesday, December 6
Saturday, December 9

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Friday 09/08/17 8:00PM
Tuesday 09/12/17 7:30PM *
Friday 09/15/17 7:30PM
Thursday 09/21/17 7:30PM
Sunday 09/24/17 2:00PM *
Saturday 09/30/17 7:30PM
Saturday 11/18/17 7:30PM
Saturday 11/25/17 7:30PM
Tuesday 11/28/17 7:30PM
Sunday 12/03/17 2:00PM
Wednesday 12/06/17 7:30PM *
Saturday 12/09/17 7:30PM *


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Pre-Opera Talks

Free to Ticketholders

For every performance, join us in the Orchestra section 55 minutes prior to curtain. No Pre-Opera Talk on Opening Night, Sep 8.

The Expert: Robert Hartwell

Learn about the opera’s music, characters, composer and historical background.


To win the hand of the ruthless Princess Turandot, an exiled prince must answer three riddles correctly.

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Martina Serafin’s “gorgeous round tones delivered the Marschallin’s sweetness, regret, resignation and wisdom turn by exquisite turn."

New York Classical Review

Nina Stemme’s “voice has enormous carrying power without any forcing. Gleaming, focused top notes slice through the orchestra."

The New York Times

“The designs were at once enchanting and disorienting…powerfully alluring and disturbingly inhuman.”

The New York Times

Cast & Creative

Turandot Martina Serafin 1
Turandot Nina Stemme 2
Calaf Brian Jagde
Liù Maria Agresta *3
Liù Toni Marie Palmertree 4
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 *


September 8, 12, 15, 21, 24, 30;

November 18, 25, 28; December 3, 6, 9, 2017

Conductor Nicola Luisotti 1
Conductor Christopher Franklin *2
Production and Design David Hockney
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

* San Francisco Opera debut

1  Sept. 8, 12, 15, 21, 24, 30

2  Nov. 18, 25, 28; Dec. 3, 6, 9

3  Sept. 8, 12, 15, 21

4  Sept. 24 and 30


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A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Previous performances of Turandot can be found in our Archive.


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Photo (top): San Francisco Opera production of Turandot/Cory Weaver.