On September 3 in the beautiful Teatro Antico of Taormina will debut the Turandot by Giacomo Puccini. Great protagonists for this YAP production that will see in the cast the extraordinary tenor Marcello Giordani.

The cast is completed by Elina Ratiani (Turandot) and Sharon Azrieli (Liù).

The Yap Symphony Orchestra and the Sicilian Opera Choir directed by Francesco Costa complete the executive team that will be led by Maestro James Meena.

The direction of Enrico Stinchelli will sign a memorable setting enriched by the costumes of Oscar-winning Franca Squarciapino.

Turandot is co-produced by the Opera Cares Foundation of Montreal, the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago and the Carolina Opera.

For a Sicilian summer dedicated to opera, do not miss this unique event.

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Taormina Opera Festival - TEATRO ANTICO

Ancient theatre of Taormina




The ancient theatre (the teatro greco, or "Greek theatre") is built for the most part of brick, and is therefore probably of Roman date, though the plan and arrangement are in accordance with those of Greek, rather than Roman, theatres; whence it is supposed that the present structure was rebuilt upon the foundations of an older theatre of the Greek period. With a diameter of 120 metres (390 ft) (after an expansion in the 2nd century), this theatre is the second largest of its kind in Sicily (after that of Syracuse); it is frequently used for operatic and theatrical performances and for concerts. The greater part of the original seats have disappeared, but the wall which surrounded the whole cavea is preserved, and the proscenium with the back wall of the scena and its appendages, of which only traces remain in most ancient theatres, are here preserved in singular integrity, and contribute much to the picturesque effect, as well as to the interest, of the ruin. From the fragments of architectural decorations still extant we learn that it was of the Corinthian order, and richly ornamented. Some portions of a temple are also visible, converted into the church of San Pancrazio, but the edifice is of small size.

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