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28 Apr - 20 May 2017

Puccini's thrilling final opera performed as the latest of our acclaimed concert stagings. 

In ancient Beijing, Princess Turandot decrees that she will marry the prince who can solve three riddles. Those who fail are put to death. Prince Calaf, dazzled by her beauty, determines to win her despite the pleas of the servant girl Liu who is secretly in love with him.

Puccini’s last opera includes music of exotic colour and overwhelming power, including the famous and instantly recognisable ‘Nessun Dorma’.

Following in the wake of its world-beating Ring cycle, Turandot is the latest in Opera North’s celebrated series of concert stagings of epic operas.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes


Sung in Italian with English titles

The Music


What the critics say

The drama is viscerally alive...a complete triumph.

The Telegraph - Full Review ›

Opera North’s soloists could stop a cavalry charge by decibels alone. It makes for thrilling Puccini.

The Times - Full Review ›

a searing account of Puccini's huge and ruthless final opus...spine-tingling...the ear is ravished.

What's On Stage - Full Review ›

magnificent...harrowing intensity...pure theatre.

The Guardian - Full Review ›

Tenor Rafael Rojas was breathtaking...His seemingly effortless “Nessun dorma” in Act III was thrilling...magnificent.

Bachtrack - Full Review ›



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Turandot | Your Reaction


Our epic new concert staging of Puccini's thrilling final opera Turandot is now open! Read some of what our audiences have been saying so far on social media, and see some production photos. Read More

  • Turandot Orla Boylan
  • Calaf Rafael Rojas
  • Timur Alastair Miles
  • Emperor Altoum Bonaventura Bottone
  • Liù Sunyoung Seo
  • Ping Gavan Ring
  • Pang Joseph Shovelton
  • Pong Nicholas Watts
Creative Team
  • Conductor Sir Richard Armstrong
  • Director Annabel Arden
  • Set & Costume Designer Joanna Parker

Click on the venue below to plan your visit.


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Leeds Town Hall
The Headrow

Important Information

Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • There is full wheelchair access to Leeds Town Hall through the entrance at ground level at the front of the building. 
  • A number of spaces in the auditorium are reserved for wheelchair users.
  • There are accessible toilet facilities at all levels.
  • Support dogs are welcome. 
  • If you would like any further information on facilities for patrons with disabilities, please call 0113 395 0322. 

Leeds Town Hall is conveniently located in the centre of Leeds, next to Leeds Central Library and Leeds City Art Gallery. It is a five minute walk from both the rail and bus stations and a ten minute drive from the M1 and M62 motorways.

  • The nearest secure parking is available at The Light (accessible via Great George Street). Price: £6.50 between 5.30pm-12.00am
  • 24 hour, 7 days a week parking is available at Woodhouse Lane car park. Price: £2 for 2 hours, £3 for 3 hours, £4 for 4 hours, £5.50 for 12 hours
  • On-street parking is also available. Price: £2 between 6.00pm-8.00am
  • We advise patrons travelling by car to leave as much time as possible for parking

Choose from these fantastic pre-performance dining options and make your experience complete!


Explore the pre-theatre menu (available Monday to Saturday 5.00-6.30pm) or a la carte menu at Iberica, Leeds' authentic Spanish dining experience, just a three minute walk from Leeds Town Hall. Turandot bookers can also enjoy a complimentary glass of cava when ordering from either menu on presentation of ticket (day of performance). 

Download Menu | Book via email or call 0113 403 7007

Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 2 minute walk from Leeds Town Hall, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

Download Menu | Book via email or call 0113 242 8094 and quote 'pre-opera menu'


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Theatre Square

Important Information


Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Q-Park on Talbot Street and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street. For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham.

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070 or www.nctx.co.uk and trentbarton on 01773 712265 or www.trentbarton.co.uk Alternative bus routes can be found at Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineastmidlands.co.uk

By Tram

The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares.


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Victoria Square


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36 Hope Street
L1 9BP

Important Information

Public Transport

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is within walking distance of Lime Street and Central Stations. We are also on the frequent 86 bus route. Merseytravel.gov.uk has comprehensive transport information and a ‘Journey Planner’ service, or you can call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

Directions from the M62

Continue along the motorway until its end and then follow the signs for the city centre, cathedrals and
universities (c.3 miles). Turn left at the Metropolitan Cathedral and head past the Everyman Theatre along
Hope Street.

If lost, use this maxim: find one cathedral, head for the other. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is halfway between the two.

Postcode Navigation > L1 9BP


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St Mary's Square
Gateshead Quays


The Sage Gateshead has its own car park with lift access situated directly behind the building.  If you arrive and depart within 30 minutes, there is no charge.  From 06.00-17.00 charges are £1.50 per hour, paid for on exit only.  From 5pm there is a pre-pay discounted rate available at a fixed charge of £3.50 for the whole evening.

Further car parking is available within two to fifteen minutes walking distance from The Sage Gateshead, in Gateshead and Newcastle centres.

Thanks to the generosity of Nexus, you can travel to and from Gateshead Interchange by Metro absolutely free: simply retain your event ticket for inspection on the Metro (valid two hours prior to, and after, an event at The Sage Gateshead).


The bright yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day, around every 20 minutes during the evenings and directly serves The Sage Gateshead.

What you say

Comment from Jean Barlow


Jean Barlow said ago

A thrilling performance at Liverpool tonight! It was a totally uplifting experience! Congratulations to all involved. You are a company of stars! Thank you!

Comment from Jacqui


Jacqui said ago

Loved it so much, went to see it for a 2nd time at Leeds Town Hall yesterday. Superb from start to finish!

Comment from Catherine Jones


Catherine Jones said ago

Took my Dad for a birthday treat, first time at the opera for both of us....what an introduction! It was breathtaking from start to finish. We left emotionally drained, amazing performance.

Comment from Sam Broadhead


Sam Broadhead said ago

The staging of Turandot in Leeds Hall was very effective. Use of lighting and the architecture to frame singers was brilliant. In the gallery the sound was amazing. The chorus was fantastic. Good value for money very happy.

Comment from Anthony


Anthony said ago

Bravi opera north. Saw turandot last night at Nottingham - one of opera north's absolute triumphs. Principals were simply stunning but real star in my humble view was sir Richard Armstrong who absolutely just 'got' it and supported his singers wonderfully. Orchestra and chorus absolutely world class. If this is what semi staged productions yield, please let's have more!
Thank you for an unforgettable evening of glorious music making.

Comment from Kathryn


Kathryn said ago

Stunning first time I have ever seen opera and I was enthralled amazing performances

Comment from Adrian Wilson


Adrian Wilson said ago

A truly stunning and electrifying performance by soloists, chorus and orchestra; as with The Ring, it was an evening I shall never forget.

Comment from Karel de Pauw


Karel de Pauw said ago

A wonderful performance. Just one criticism: The screens displaying the translation of the words sung were too low and frequently we couldn't read the text from where we sat in the front.

Opera North response: Thank you for your comments, we’re happy to hear how you enjoyed the performance. Thank you for your feedback regarding the screens and visibility, we’re sorry that your view was affected, we will bear your comments in mind for future performances at Leeds Town Hall.

Comment from Rob Naylor


Rob Naylor said ago

Fantastic. From beginning to finish. Powerful music, terrific singers, superb orchestra. Just loved it.

Comment from Ruth


Ruth said ago

Opening night at ON Turandot was exhilarating, electrifying! Superb performance from both chorus and orchestra, and what a privilege to hear such phenomenal soloists. Thank you Opera North!

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