The 2022-23 Season marks Opera Colorado’s 40th Anniversary. Over four decades, we have been committed to connecting our Colorado community to the emotions and stories of the world through traditional and innovative opera and educational programming that is accessible to all. In May of 2023, we look forward to presenting a larger-than-life production of Puccini’s final opera, Turandot. While we approach this production with great excitement, we realize the opera has come under fire for problematic exemplification of Western projections of Asian culture.
We plan on hosting several community engagement & feedback event surrounding this production and creating resources and content to expand our community’s knowledge and uplift voices within the Asian community. This page is a living resource and will be continually updated as we finalize plans for our community events and create new content.
Statements on Opera Colorado’s production of Turandot:
Greg Carpenter, Opera Colorado General & Artistic Director
Puccini’s Turandot is one of the greatest and most beloved masterpieces in the repertoire. While we celebrate this early twentieth century work, we also recognize that we must face the important and sensitive issues of our time, and engage our community in dialog and discourse.
Aria Umezawa, Director of Turandot
Working on a piece like Turandot is not a responsibility I take lightly. As a half-Japanese Canadian who is passionate about opera and wants to make positive cultural contributions through my work, I understand the conflict of Puccini’s orientalist operas. My aim for this production will be to lean into conversations around this work, to listen to the AAPI community, and find a way to lift up their voices through engaging with this piece.