The Met: Live in HD to Broadcast Puccini’s Turandot at the Quick Center

Media Contact: Lori Jones,, 203-254-4000 ext. 2975

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (January 13, 2016) — The Met: Live in HD season continues with the love story, Turandot. The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will broadcast the production with two HD screenings on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 1 p.m. (live) & 6 p.m. (encore). There will be a 12:15p.m. pre-broadcast talk with Jeffrey Johnson, a professor and music director for the University of Bridgeport.

Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $5 for children/ students (including Fairfield University students). For tickets, visit or call the box office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme takes on the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand, opposite Marco Berti as Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. Anita Hartig and Leah Crocetto share the role of Liù, the faithful slave girl. Franco Zeffirelli’s production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

Although the Met presented the American premiere of Turandot in 1926, Puccini’s last work didn’t become an audience favorite until the opening of Cecil Beaton’s 1961 production, which featured Birgit Nilsson and Franco Corelli. Their dynamic (and highly competitive) appearances together helped secure the opera’s box office appeal. The current Franco Zeffirelli production was first seen in 1987 with Eva Marton, Plácido Domingo, and Leona Mitchell.

The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, and is still providing world-class entertainment to audiences. HD broadcasts of stage performances captured live at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera Theatre allow people to experience these wonderful works without ever having to enter the city. As one of the preeminent theatres in NYC, The Met offers an array of classic operas for the enjoyment of its patrons. Join us at The Quick Center for a front-row seat to the Met stage!

Pictured: Nina Stemme in Turandot

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