INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Opera company to stage Turandot
The Bulgarian State Opera will perform Puccini’s opera Turandot at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Osterhout Concert Theater. This is the story of a cruel Eastern princess willing to marry any suitor who can answer three riddles correctly. Those who do not are put to death. When Prince Calaf answers the riddles, the princess pleads with her father not to give her to this stranger. Calaf then challenges Turandot to a riddle, stating that if she can learn his name by dawn, he will forfeit his life. In order to learn the prince’s name, Turandot, tortures his faithful companion, who kills herself rather than reveal her master’s name. Turandot learns the true meaning of love and peace returns to the land. The Bulgarian State Opera, formerly Opera Verdi Europa, gives more than 70 performances a year throughout the world. Tickets for the show, which cost $39 for the general public, $34 for seniors, faculty and staff and $20 for students, are available at the Anderson Center box office, by calling 777-ARTS or online at http://anderson.binghamton.edu.