Broadcasts from the San Francisco Opera return to Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, August 18, with a performance of Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, with a libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. The performance will be sung in Italian and will run approximately three hours.

Puccini’s final masterpiece opens the San Francisco Opera's new broadcast season under the baton of Music Director Nicola Luisotti, who conducted the melodically rich, colorfully orchestrated work to great acclaim at London’s Royal Opera House in 2009. Turandot tells the passionate tale of a princess whose cruelty masks her fear of love and features some of the composer’s most glorious music, including the stirring anthem “Nessun dorma.” It will be performed by an outstanding cast led by Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin, “the world’s reigning Turandot” (Opera Britannia); Adler Fellow Leah Crocetto, an “outlandishly gifted soprano” (San Francisco Chronicle); and Marco Berti, “one of the preeminent Italian singers of his generation” ( For the San Francisco Opera's live audiences, the lavish production also featured sets by artist David Hockney.

Turandot: Iréne Theorin
Calaf: Marco Berti
Liù: Leah Crocetto
Timur: Raymond Aceto
Ping: Hyung Yun
Pang: Greg Fedderly
Pong: Daniel Montenegro
Emperor Altoum: Joseph Frank
A Mandarin: Ryan Kuster