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Opera

Northern Ireland Opera’s Turandot will fill you with awe and revulsion

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7 November 2015

9:00 AM

7 November 2015

9:00 AM

Turandot

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Le nozze di Figaro

Hackney Empire, London

Chords as bright and sweet as pomegranate seeds burst and spill in Turandot, a splinter of bitterness at their centre. Left incomplete at Puccini’s death in 1924, the opera is his most radical and most cruel. You can taste something of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in the instrumentation, a musky roughness that rubs against the Italian composer’s customary silky precision.

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