Giacomo Puccini: Turandot - Opera in three acts



Act I: It is announced to the crowds at the foot of the palace walls in Peking that suitors for Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. Those who fail will be executed. This is where dethroned Prince Kalaf encounters his father, who he believed was dead, and the blind man’s servant Liu before laying eyes on Princess Turandot for the first time. Turandot appears for just a moment and condemns to death her latest unsuccessful suitor despite the crowd’s cries for mercy. Kalaf’s fate is sealed. He cannot resist the trial for the princess’s hand.


Act II: The ministers reminisce about their peaceful former lives. On account of the defilement of one of her female ancestors, Turandot has sworn vengeance on all men. The old czar Altoum tries in vain to dissuade Kalaf. People gather in front of the palace, and the trial begins. Kalaf answers all three riddles, which no one expected. Now Turandot begs her father not to respect the decree, but her father is adamant. Kalaf, however, does not wish to force the princess. If she pronounces his name by dawn, he will voluntarily surrender his life.


Act III: In the palace gardens, the ministers offer Kalaf riches to reveal his name and escape. In the meantime, they discover the slave girl Liu and question her, but she kills herself rather than tell the secret. Turandot and Kalaf remain alone. The princess’s heart softens. Indeed, she falls passionately in love with her suitor.

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June 2019

Margaret Island

Margaret Island provides a peaceful hideaway from hectic downtown Budapest with large green areas, flowery gardens, old trees, and lots of entertainment.

The festival program on Margaret island is rich and diverse: concerts, musicals, dance shows, theatrical performances for children and adults, comedies at three venues:


  • Open-Air Theater in Városmajor (Buda) – venue for many children programs
  • the Open-Air Theater on Margaret Island (trams 4 and 6, Margitsziget stop) and
  • the Water Tower on Margaret Island.
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