Turandot by Carlo Gozzi.  The St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre

by Carlo Gozzi

Translated into Russian by M. Osorgin


A rap-fairytale for adults


This is a story about young people for young people. A melodramatic comedy, a rap-fairytale for adults, a parable about love, combat and victory. Youth is a time when all feelings are heightened, when each deed is done to the fullest, when every word is your last, when every thought is definitve, when the world is black-and-white and when your constant choice is to triumph or die.


The characters in Gozzi's 'fiabe' are children of war. These young people were born and raised in a cruel, unforgiving world, and all they know how to do is to fight to the very end. Even love is a battle for them - who will conquer whom. Princes come to win the beautiful Turandot, who wins every fight for his freedom. She is a monster, a beauty, a fire-breathing dragon, and only Calaf, a foreigner banished from his land and robbed of his throne, is able to see in her a tender, miserable young girl who grew up without a mother and who has never enjoyed human warmth or boundless, all-forgiving love. Calaf is the only one who doesn't fight against her, choosing instead to play by her rules honestly. In turn, the princess, who has confused pride with hubris, discovers that a different life and different feelings are possible, that love, tenderness, care and selflessness exist.


At the same time, Turandot is a rowdy, reckless comedy full of song and dance, a genuinely mischevious extravaganza. This is because it is a story about young people for young people, and youth is a time of madness, unbridled joy and lightness of being.

Production Team:

Director – Galina Byzgu

Production Designer – Ekaterina Kochurova

Movement – Nikolai Kuglyant

Music Selection – Dmitri Zhitkov

Light Designer – Yuri Kapeliush

Sound Engineer – Alexander Larionov

Stage Managers – Alyona Parshina, Svetlana Povalyaeva


Sage among Sages – Anton Momot

Turandot, Princess of China, daughter of Altoum – Sofya Karabulina, Vera Latysheva, Natalia Shulina

Calaf, Prince of Astrakhan, son of Timur – Andrei Aladin, Fyodor Klimov, Gavriil Fedotov

Altoum, Emperor of China – Georgi Voronin

Adelma, Princess of Tartary, favorite slave of Turandot – Maria Myasnikova, Eseniya Rayevskaya

Zelima, another slave of Turandot – Olga Afanasyeva, Maria Russkikh

Barak, under the name of Hassan, former tutor to Calaf – Igor Klychkov

Skirina, mother of Zelima, wife of Barak – Sofya Karabulina, Alina Marfina, Maria Srogovich

Timur, King of Astrakhan – Dmitri Zhitkov

Elmaza – Olga Afanasyeva

Ishmael, former tutor of the Prince of Samarkand – Andrei Gorbaty

Prince of Samarkand – Kirill Kuznetsov, Anton Momot

Pantalone, secretary of Altoum – Ivan Grigoriev

Tartaglia, Lord High Chancellor of China – Andrei Gorbaty

Brigella, Captain of the Imperial Pages – Dmitri Zhitkov

Truffaldino, Chief Eunuch of Turandot's seraglio – Dmitri Belyakin

Olegr, court musician – Andrei Didik

Executioner – Andrei Aladin, Andrei Emelyanov, Fyodor Klimov

Highlander – Gavriil Fedotov

Sultan Khorezma – Kirill Kuznetsov, Anton Momot

King Kheikobad – Gavriil Fedotov

Adelma's sisters – Vera Latysheva, Alina Marfina, Maria Myasnikova, Eseniya Rayevskaya

Adelma's brother – Ivan Grigoriev

Courier – Gavriil Fedotov

Chingarello – Ivan Grigoriev

Marriage Registrar – Sofya Karabulina, Vera Latysheva, Natalia Shulina

Fan of the Prince of Samarkand – Maria Russkikh

Priests, Slaves in the seraglio, Eunuchs, Warriors – the company

The show's creators express profound gratitude to Vitali Chernuk and Alexander Kurilin.

Premiered 13 December 2016.

Duration – 3 hours and 30 minutes with one interval.

Recommended for audiences aged 16 and up.

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