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From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Donald Macleod introduces a live performance of Puccini's last opera. Jane Eaglen stars as the neurotic Princess
Turandot - who imposes cryptic riddles on her suitors only to execute them when they fail to answer; Dennis O'Neill is Calaf - the stranger whose passion undermines her power; and Cristina Gallardo-Domas makes her Royal Opera debut as Liu -the slave girl who loves Calaf deeply and is prepared to sacrifice her own life so that his desire for Turandot should be fulfilled.
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conductor Christian Badea
8.10 Interval: The Maigret of the T'ang: Biographer Jan Willem Van de Wetering explores the extraordinary career of Robert van Gulik, author of the Judge Dee mysteries.
8.35 Act 2
9.25 Twenty Minutes: Turning the Page: Simon Townley looks at unfinished masterpieces and asks if it is wise to try to guess the final intentions of an artist.
9.45 Act 3
The Emperor Altoum:
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