Puccini’s opera Turandot challenges even the biggest opera companies. But if the singers have the dramatic heft required and the orchestral and choral forces are on board, outsize sets and costumes hardly matter.
Fortunately, UC’s College-Conservatory of Music has the musical resources to mount a concert performance of Turandot, presented in collaboration with Beijing’s Central Opera Troupe and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society. The forces include CCM’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Brass Choir, Chamber Choir, Cincinnati Children’s Chorale, a CCM alum in the title role, a tenor from Central Opera and CCM opera students in supporting roles.
The massive project is a first for CCM, but for Maestro Mark Gibson Turandot is another mile-marker in a partnership with Chinese music institutions that spans a dozen years.
Gibson, professor of music and director of CCM’s Orchestral Studies program, was invited to teach at Beijing’s Central Conservatory in 1999 by Yu Feng, head of the conducting department.
Turandot is presented as part of CCM's Orchestra Series Friday at Corbett Auditorium. Go here to read Anne Arenstein's full interview and get performance details.