Dramma lirico in three acts by Giacomo Puccini Performed in Italian with German surtitles
The city is in a state of fear and terror. The crowd has assembled and is awaiting the execution of another candidate for the hand of Princess Turandot. In order to marry her, each candidate has to answer her three riddles. If a candidate fails, he is beheaded.
In the crowd, the deposed, destitute and homeless old King Timur meets his long-lost son Calaf. Completely blind, his father has to rely on the selfless help of the young slave-girl Liù. Secretly in love with his son, Liù sacrifices herself for him.
When the Princess appears, Calaf falls under her spell and resolves to court her. Ignoring pleas from his father and from the three Ministers Ping, Pang, Pong and Liù, who appeals to his compassion, Calaf challenges Turandot.
Ping, Pang and Pong lament their fate as part of the inhumane game of life and death.
The crowd assembles again. The old Emperor, Turandot's father, tries to persuade Calaf to give up the enterprise - but to no avail. In his confrontation with Turandot, Calaf succeeds in solving the riddles. The crowd celebrates its new hero.
Turandot refuses to keep her word. Calaf in turn sets her a riddle: if she can discover his name by dawn the following day, he will surrender himself freely to the executioner. Turandot accepts the challenge.
The city is in a state of fear and terror. On pain of death, the people are called upon to discover the stranger's name. Ping, Pang and Pong and the intimidated people entreat Calaf in vain to leave the city.
Liù and Timur are captured. As they were seen with Calaf, Turandot is called to interrogate them. Liù wants to protect Timur so she confesses that she alone knows the stranger's name. But she kills herself to keep the secret