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The Met: Live in HD series returns to the Newport Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. this Saturday, May 14, with Puccini’s grandest spectacle, “Turandot.” (Courtesy photo)

Puccini’s grandest spectacle, “Turandot,” returns to the big screen in high-def at the Newport Performing Arts Center this Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. as part of The Met: Live in HD series. 

Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, who starred in Live in HD transmissions of Verdi’s Aida and Nabucco in previous seasons, sings the title princess. Franco Zeffirelli’s extravagant production — with spectacular sets and stage pageantry — also features South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee as Calàf, Turandot’s princely suitor, who risks everything to win her heart and sings “Nessun dorma,” one of the most famous arias in all of opera.

Albanian sopraano Ermonela Jaho sings Liù, and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto portrays King Timur. Italian conductor Marco Armiliato leads Puccini’s stirring score. American soprano Nadine Sierra, who is currently starring in the title role of the Met’s new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which will be the next Live in HD on Saturday, May 21, hosts the live transmission. 

Turandot originally premiered at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in April of 1926.

For more information about Turandot, go online at https://coastarts.org/events/turandot-met-opera-live-in-hd

Individual tickets range from $10 to $22, plus fees. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 541-265-2787, or visit the Newport Performing Arts Center box office,777 W Olive St., Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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