Folkoperan performs Puccini's magnificent opera Turandot about love and death. It opens on 18 and 20 September with two casts directed by Mellika Melouani Melani.

Giacomo Puccini's final and unfinished opera Turandot had its original première in 1926, two years after his death. Princess Turandot challenges her suitors to answer three riddles. If they fail, they lose their head. It is the stuff of mythology that calls for a psychoanalytical reading. In director Mellika Melouani Melani's interpretation, humans are caught between civilisation and instinct. She creates a multi layered world in a Freudian meeting between love and destrudo, the death instinct. A love that kills.

“Puccini died suddenly leaving Turandot unfinished, but we can guess what he means with “E poi Tristano” (“And then Tristan”) that he writes in the incomplete sketch of the final duet. Tristan and Isolde do not die of love alone. They also die by giving up in their own song that is no longer part of the earthly realm. In the Folkoperan production, Calaf finally reveals himself out of his love for Turandot. It is going to be brutal,” says Mellika Melouani Melani, director and artistic director of Folkoperan.

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni, Director: Mellika Melouani Melani, Musical Direction: Marit Strindlund, Conductor: Marit Strindlund/Alice Farnham, Set Design: Hanna Reidmar, Costumes: Jasminda Asplund Blanco, Lighting Director: Patrik Bogårdh, Video Scenography: Visual Relief, Masks & Wigs: Therésia Frisk, Dramatist: Magnus Lindman.

Turandot: Åsa Thyllman/AnnLouice Lögdlund, Calaf: Kjetil Støa. Ping: Anton Eriksson, Pang: Wictor Sundqvist/Jesper Säll, Pong: Markus Pettersson/Fredrik Strid, Liù: Albina Isufi/Henriikka Gröndahl, Altoum: UIrik Qvale, Timur: Markus Schwartz, Folkoperan Choir and Orchestra.

Turandot premières on 18 and 20 September with two casts and runs until 26 November.