Turandot takes Coronado stage Feb. 16

Turandot, Giacomo Puccini’s opera about a beautiful Chinese princess, will be performed at the historic Coronado Theatre in downtown Rockford, 314 N. Main St., at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16. The concert is presented by the Rockford Coronado Concert Association.

Single tickets are available by contacting Centre Events at (815) 968-5222 or at www.centreevents.com. Adult tickets are $40; student tickets are $15.

Turandot is set in the exotic city of ancient Peking. The full-scale production by the Teatro Lirico D’Europa, the largest and most successful touring opera company in Europe, will be accompanied by the 47-member Sophia Symphony and a 40-member chorus. The opera is sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Bolshoi Opera soprano Olga Chernisheva will appear in the role of Princess Turandot. She has sung the role of Musetta in La Bohme for the Bolshoi Opera, as well as many other leading roles. Bulgarian tenor Roumen Doikov will sing the role of Prince Calaf, which includes the famous aria, “Nessun Dorma.”

The Rockford Coronado Concert Association has nearly 2,000 subscribers from northern Illinois. It is governed by a local volunteer board of directors, and has served the community since 1936.

The 2006-2007 season is the organization’s 71st. For more information, call (815) 968-9863.

From the Feb. 14-20, 2007, issue

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