Middelboe Chronicles, Part 56: Turandot

An Italian opera about a Chinese princess, based on a Persian story about a Russian princess (whose name nevertheless means “daughter of Central Asia” in Persian), where the central moral seems to be the importance of having a strong password: Puccini’s Turandot (Operavox, 1995), presented in the style of Chinese art.

The title character beheads suitors and tortures slave girls, but – as in yesterday’s Winter’s Tale – the ruler’s horrific misbehaviour is all forgiven at the end, because Love.

Note the copyright reference at the beginning; Turandot premiered in 1926, making it the only work adapted for the Middelboeverse that is recent enough to be still under copyright.

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