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‘Turnadot’ to open ‘The Met: Live’ opera season

Opera fans can expect a rousing experience when "The Met: Live in HD" series returns, beginning Oct. 12 and 16, with a production of Puccini's "Turnadot."

Staged by Franco Zeffirelli, and with Yannick Nézet-Séguin directing, the production will screen at 9:55 a.m. on Oct. 12, and then at 1 and then 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, at the Regal Cinemas locations at Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium.

Featured performers include soprano Christine Goerke, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, soprano Eleonora Buratto and bass-baritone James Morris.

Though left unfinished when Puccini died in 1924, "Turnadot" was completed by Franco Alfano and premiered in 1926 in Milan, with Arturo Toscanini directing. As explained on The Metropolitan Opera's website, "Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi."

"The Met: Live in HD" season will continue as follows:

Oct. 26, 30: "Manon"

Nov. 9, 13, 16: "Madame Butterfly"

Nov. 23, Dec. 4: "Akhnaten"

Dec. 7: "The Magic Flute"

Jan. 11, 15: "Wozzeck"

Feb. 1, 5, 8: "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"

Feb. 29, March 4: "Agrippina"

March 14, 18: "Der Fliegende Holländer"

April 11, 15, 18: "Tosca"

May 9, 13: "Maria Stuarda"

Tickets are on sale now.