Uncover Love’s True Name


Music by Giacomo Puccini & Franco Alfano
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami & Renato Simoni
Premiered April 25, 1926, La Scala (Milan, Italy)

Opera Colorado closes its 40th Anniversary Season on a high note with a breathtaking production of Turandot. Puccini’s fantastical tale features a magnificent chorus and the iconic tenor aria, “Nessun dorma.” Those who wish to marry the fearsome and beautiful Princess Turandot must win a deadly game of riddles. Though she has sworn never to marry, the clever Prince Calàf has a riddle of his own, which may open the door to love.

Learn more about Turandot on our blog.>>

May 6, 9, 12, 14 | 2023
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex
Performed in Italian, with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat.

Saturday, May 6: SOLD OUT
Tuesday, May 9: SOLD OUT
Friday, May 12: SOLD OUT
Sunday, May 14: SOLD OUT

Estimated Length:  2 hours, and 37 minutes

*Join us one hour prior to each performance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for a free and insightful pre-performance.


We held our first Turandot community engagement event on Monday, February 13. Watch the panel discussion and learn more about how Opera Colorado is addressing issues about AAPI representation in this opera here>>

This production of Turandot is owned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and was originally created by Bliss Hebert and Allen Charles Klein for Florida Grand Opera, The Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera.

Costumes originally designed for and created by the Santa Fe Opera.

The 40th Anniversary Season is generously sponsored by Marcia & Dick Robinson.

The Orchestra for Turandot is sponsored by The Divine Family.


Kara Shay Thomson

Princess Turandot | Bio

Jonathan Burton

Calàf | Bio

Janai Brugger

Liù | Bio

Young Bok Kim

Timur | Bio

Craig Verm

Ping | Bio

Alex Mansoori

Pang | Bio

Martin Bakari

Pong | Bio

Joseph Gaines

Altoum | Bio

Creative Team

Headshot of Ari Pelto

Ari Pelto

Conductor | Bio

Sahar Nouri

Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor | Bio
Aria Umezawa Headshot

Aria Umezawa

Director | Bio

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Puccini’s Turandot

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