Turandot Amy Shoremount-Obra
Calaf Dario di Vietri
Timur Donovan Singletary
Liu Jennifer Forni
Ping Jeffrey McEvoy
Pang Zachary Taylor
Pong Johnathan White
Mandarin tbd
Emperor tbd


James Meena

James Meena

General Director & Principal Conductor

Jay Lesenger

Jay Lesenger


Michael Baumgarten

Michael Baumgarten

Lighting Designer

Production Team

Costumer, Allison Collins

Wig and Make-up Design, Martha Ruskai

Technical Director, Wilbert Ferguson


After nine years absent from the Opera Carolina stage, Opera Carolina proudly presents Puccini’s final opera, Turandot as replacement for Samson et Dalilah, in commemoration of the 100th year of Puccini’s death in 1924.

Set in ancient China, the imperious Princess Turandot poses three riddles to any prince who dares to court her, and commands the death of all who fail. When an unknown prince triumphs, the prospect of marriage strikes terror in her heart.  Will love win, or will death be the prince’s reward? 

Know Before You Go!

Turandot and the Hero

One of the overarching themes of Puccini’s final opera is heroism; the unknown prince risking his life to win the heart of the Chinese princess after whom the opera is entitled.  But prince Calaf is not a true hero, he is a Romantic hero and it is the romanticism of his heroism that makes him so appealing.

Heroes are admired for the courage, nobility and actions.  We are acutely aware of heroes in time of war.  There is one other aspect of heroism that is vital, and which applies in every case – risk – and the greater the risk, the greater the potential for an heroic deed.  Think of the soldier who risks his or her life to intervene and save a comrade or turn the tide of a battle.  Measured against an heroic deed with less risk, this is a true hero.

The Romantic hero of Turandot risks his life not to save another, but for an idyllic, perhaps iconic love – that of the princess who has renounced love.  -James Meena


Turandot is Puccini’s final opera (unfinished at his death) and perhaps as a result, it is by far and away his most musically adventurous. As in Madama Butterfly, the score is filled with Asian touches, the percussion section in particular packed with gongs and various tuned instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels and the like). It is still, however, an Italian opera with the outrageously titled Ping, Pang and Pong a spin on classic Commedia dell’arte characters.

It’s an opera that blends epic chorus passages with some brilliantly intimate moments. Indeed the chorus plays a much more significant role than in Puccini’s other operas, acting as an onstage witness to well over half of the action. The opening is a powerful series of five chords, said musically to depict an executioner’s axe falling, and that hair-raising effect is spectacularly well maintained throughout.

“Turandot.” Opera 101, 12 Feb. 2024, theopera101.com/operas/turandot/. Accessed 12 Feb. 2024.

Parking Information

A special preferred parking rate of only $10* is available for our patrons in the Bank of America Center Parking Garage.

  • Entrances at: 150 N. College St. and 290 E. 5th St.

The $10 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Monday-Friday. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $10 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Saturday and Sunday.


  1. Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
  2. Purchase a $10 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or click here to purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.372.1000.*


  1. Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
  2. Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with the arrow pointing at slot.
  3. Gate arm will rise and the screen will display “drive safely.”

*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.


Bring your pre-purchased parking pass with you to the show and exchange for an exit pass or purchase your exit pass at the box office or parking stations at the show.

Belk Theatre

130 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202