"Watching Turandot is like witnessing an Olympic sport," says Rob Herriot, director of Puccini's epic final masterpiece Turandot. "This opera is a must-see. It brings an evening of exciting energy and vocal gymnastics!"

We recently sat down with Rob to chat all things Turandot, including his thoughts on the spectacular scenery design, extravagant music, and our cast of renowned singers. 

Read the full interview on our blog, or watch the video on our YouTube channel!

While in Puccini's opera, Turandot confounds her suitors with three impossible riddles, the historical princess who inspired this character was actually a fearless warrior, wrestling suitors when they asked to marry her! 

Meet Khutulun, a Mongol princess from the 13th century, whose bravery and wrestling skills gave her iconic status in East Asian literature. Her achievements were even recorded by Italian explorer Marco Polo, and Khutulun gradually made her way into Western literature as Turandot. 

Read our blog to know more about the exciting life of this inspirational warrior princess!

Turandot Opera 101

Want to know all the exciting background to Puccini's Turandot before you go see it at the Jubilee? Opera 101 is back with host Stephan Bonfield! 

Join us at this complimentary event to discuss the music, history, and scandals surrounding Puccini's final opera. Special guest Dr. Daniel Fried, associate professor in the UofA East Asian Studies department, will share his insights on Puccini's use of Chinese literature and music in Turandot!

Wednesday, October 5 at 7 pm • CKUA

Free admission (please RSVP on Eventbrite)

Drinks and refreshments available for purchase (cash or credit card accepted)

Opera Brunch

Before you see Turandot at the Jubilee, you can also attend our Opera Brunch at the Royal Glenora Club! Sample delectable culinary offerings as you enjoy performances from the cast of Turandot — Othalie Graham, David Pomeroy, Michele Capalbo, and more!  

Turandot Opera Brunch: Sunday, October 2 at 11 am • Royal Glenora Club • Adult $85, child $35

Single tickets to the Cinderella Opera Brunch and Elektra Opera Brunch are also on sale! For the best price, attend all three brunches with season tickets. Get yours today! 

Brunch season tickets: Adult $240, child $90

Single tickets are now available!

You can now buy single tickets to our thrilling 2016/17 operas — Turandot, Cinderella, and Elektra! Head to our website to purchase the best seats at the best prices, starting at only $40! Season tickets to all three operas are also available starting at just $99. 

You may call our box office at 780.429.1000, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or drop by in person at 15230 128 Ave. to get your tickets!

Symphony comes alive downtown

This Labour Day weekend, head to Churchill Square to hear the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as they celebrate the last days of summer with an outdoor concert! This concert features some of Disney's most iconic tunes along with fun animations! 

Enjoy this free event, which is fast becoming an annual tradition for all Edmontonians — and stop by the Edmonton Opera tent to enter to win season tickets! 

Friday, September 2 & Saturday, September 3 • Churchill Square • 7 pm • Free admission