Hui He Headlines ‘Turandot’ At Shanghai Grand Theatre

By Francisco Salazar

Hui He is set to return to the title role of Puccini’s “Turandot” for her Chinese role debut in Puccini’s opera.

The Chinese soprano will return to the Shanghai Grand Theatre in occasion of the 21st Anniversary of the theatre where she made her operatic debut in 1998 with “Aida.”

Hui He will be joined by Maestro Xu Zhong in a production directed by Roberto Andò.

In a press release the soprano stated, “Turandot is a role that I waited a long time to sing, but now I feel really comfortable both vocally and theatrical. I’m so happy to bring this role in my homeland, and especially in Shanghai where I made my absolute debut in 1998. Puccini created in this opera a fabulous China with such amazing music and realistic Chinese atmosphere. I love this production and I hope that the audience will appreciate our performances.”

Hui He recently sang the title role in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” at the Metropolitan Opera and was featured in the company’s Live in HD series.

Performances of “Turandot” will be held on Dec. 13 and 15, 2019.