Michelle Johnson Headlines OperaDelaware’s ‘Turandot’

By David Salazar

OperaDelaware is set to present “Turandot” on May 17 and 19, 2024.

The famed Puccini opera will feature a new ending by composer Derrick Wang, who used Puccini’s original sketches as the basis for his version.

“When OperaDelaware invited me to create a revised ending to Turandot — one that would newly connect the heart of Puccini’s original sketches to the excitement of Alfano’s finale — I was intrigued,” said composer Derrick Wang in an official press statement issued by the company. “To explore Puccini’s potent musical ideas, to uncover the connections between them, and to shed new light on the original text: for a musical dramatist and forensic musicologist, what better challenge could there be? By developing a character-driven musical narrative open to multiple interpretations, I hope to unlock new possibilities for the future of this thought-provoking classic.”

Michelle Johnson will take on the title role with John Pickle taking on the role of Calaf. As Liù, audiences will see Karen Vuong. Finally, Zaikuan Song takes on the role of Timur.