The Riddle ofTurandot: A Community Discussion

Six people sit in a row on a stage in front of a blue background with text saying "The Riddle of Turandot: A Community Discussion
The Riddle of Turandot panelists: Deborah Yim, Margaret Ozaki Graves, Aria Umezawa, Greg Carpenter, Harry Budisidharta, and Amber Coté

In May of 2023, Opera Colorado is bringing Puccini’s masterpiece Turandot to the stage at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. While this opera is one of the great works in the repertoire, made by one of the most well-known composers, Turandot also poses many challenges to a modern audience.

Conversations about yellowface and cultural appropriation are at the forefront of these discussions. The Italian composer Puccini never set foot in Asia but created the opera during a time of western fascination with the east known as Orientalism. Over the past few years, many opera houses putting this story on stage have been questioning how to best present it, including the Canadian Opera Company and Philadelphia Opera.

At Opera Colorado, we want to explore these challenges further to help guide our production. On February 13, we invited members from the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community to a panel discussion co-hosted by Rocky Mountain Public Media on some of the issues surrounding Turandot. Thank you to our panelists:

Harry Budisidharta
Executive Director, Asian Pacific Development Center

Greg Carpenter
Elllie Caulkins General & Artistic Director, Opera Colorado

Margaret Ozaki Graves
Soprano, Educator, Advocate

Aria Umezawa
Stage Director

Deborah Yim
Managing Attorney, Primera Law Group
President Elect, Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Amber Coté
Community and Volunteer Director, Rocky Mountain Public Media

Watch the full panel discussion now.

Learn more about Opera Colorado’s Turandot and how we are addressing these challenges through The Riddle of Turandot>>

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *