Feb 23 - Feb 26, 2023
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Tokyo

Directed by Daniel Kramer with Scenography by teamLab, a new production of Puccini's opera Turandot to be performed in Tokyo, following the Geneva world premiere.


Puccini’s last opera is all about riddles. In the Forbidden City of Peking rules the Emperor of China. His unmarried daughter, the Princess Turandot, has been refusing her hand to all her princely suitors by putting them to a test. She gives them three riddles: if they do not answer them correctly, they have their heads chopped off. Scores of unlucky suitors have already failed and lost their heads in the attempt. It is now the turn of Calaf, a prince of the Tatar people, who is fascinated by Turandot’s glory. To everyone’s astonishment, he answers Turandot’s three questions correctly: first, hope; then, blood and, finally, Turandot herself. The princess is his for the taking, as promised by the Emperor. Turandot, however, is reluctant to keep the promise.

Puccini broke off his composition of Turandot in the third act. The maestro died in 1924 before finishing the final duet and it was his assistant Alfano who completed the score. The first performance of the work and its world premiere at Milan’s La Scala in 1926 was a kind of requiem for Puccini. Arturo Toscanini conducted the work up to the last notes left by Puccini and then put down his baton with the words: “Here ends the master’s work. After that, he died”. 

Alfano’s finale became the norm in opera houses throughout the world, without ever really being completely accepted. For this reason, the musical editor Ricordi commissioned a new, less bombastic, finale from the greatest living Italian composer of that time. Luciano Berio’s finale, created in 2002, will be performed in Geneva for the first time ever in Switzerland. 

Daniel Kramer’s new staging transposes the old fairy tale to a futuristic world where Turandot’s magic and power hold sway. In a dystopian game show, reminiscent of Hunger Games, the regime of the woman who refuses to become one institutes a surveillance state in which men are culled and the reproduction and breeding of the human species is conducted in a mechanical facility. The US-born director harks back to the archaic essentials of the battle between the sexes. 

For the first time in their career, the famous international art collective teamLab will be working extensively on the scenography of an opera, using state-of-the-art visual technologies never before been seen on an opera stage. teamLab’s light creations have been on show all over the world; they create an immersive artistic experience that absorbs and enthrals the audience in its avant-gardist visual flux. 

ー Grand Théâtre de Genève

Daniel Kramer (Stage Director), teamLab Adam Booth (Scenography), and Antonino Fogliani (Musical Director) present the new production of Turandot.
*Video from the Grand Théâtre de Genève performance

teamLab Art Director Adam Booth speaks about the collective’s scenography.
*Video from the Grand Théâtre de Genève performance

Stage Director Daniel Kramer explains his vision of Puccini's work.
*Video from the Grand Théâtre de Genève performance

Watch on YouTube - More Turandot videos from the Geneva performance

Composer Giacomo Puccini 
Musical Director Diego Matheuz

Stage Director Daniel Kramer
Scenography, Digital and Light Art teamLab
Stage Design teamLab Architects
Costumes Kimie Nakano
Lighting Designer Simon Trottet
Choreographer Tim Claydon
Associate Stage Director Derek Walker
Chorus Nikikai Chorus Group
Orchestra New Japan Philharmonic

Co-production: Grand Théâtre de Genève, Tokyo Nikikai Opera


Venue Details

Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Feb 23 - Feb 26, 2023
Thursday, February 23

Friday, February 24

Saturday, February 25

Sunday, February 26

* House opens 60 min before curtain
* Estimated run time: 2 hrs 45 min (including intermission)
Tokyo Nikikai Opera
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan



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teamLab (f. 2001) is an international art collective. Their collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, and the natural world. Through art, the interdisciplinary group of specialists, including artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, and architects, aims to explore the relationship between the self and the world, and new forms of perception.

In order to understand the world around them, people separate it into independent entities with perceived boundaries between them. teamLab seeks to transcend these boundaries in our perceptions of the world, of the relationship between the self and the world, and of the continuity of time. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity.

teamLab exhibitions have been held in cities worldwide, including New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Silicon Valley, Beijing, and Melbourne among others. teamLab museums and large-scale permanent exhibitions include teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets in Tokyo, teamLab Borderless Shanghai, and teamLab SuperNature Macao, with more to open in cities including Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Hamburg, Jeddah, and Utrecht.

teamLab’s works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Asia Society Museum, New York; Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and Amos Rex, Helsinki.

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The immersive opera space of Turandot, for which teamLab created the scenography, provides new values that transcend conventional concepts. We resonate with and support teamLab as they continue to create these new values