2023.2.23(Thu) - 2.26(Sun)
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



Opera by Giacomo Puccini
2023.2.23(Thu) - 2.26(Sun)
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



Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Main Hall
5-45 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo


By Train
1-minute walk from the Park Gate of the JR Ueno Station
Trains stopping at the JR Ueno Station:
Yamanote Line, Keihin Tohoku Line, Joban/Narita Line, Joban Line, Takasaki Line, Tohoku Line
Tohoku/Hokkaido Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen, Hokuriku Shinkansen

By Keisei Electric Railway
7-minute walk from the Main Entrance of the Keisei Ueno Station

By Subway
5 minute-walk from the Exit 7 of the Tokyo Metro Ueno Station
By Car
From the Tokyo Inner Circular Route (Shuto Expressway), get off at the Ueno ramp way.

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teamLab在纽约、伦敦、巴黎、新加坡、硅谷、北京、墨尔本等世界各地举办了艺术展。teamLab所开设的大型常设美术馆有位于东京台场的“teamLab Borderless”、位于东京丰洲的“teamLab Planets”、位于上海黄浦滨江的“teamLab 无界上海”、位于澳门的“澳门 teamLab 超自然空间”,位于北京的“teamLab无相艺术空间”等等。今后还将有更多的美术馆落地在汉堡、乌得勒支、吉达等地。



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teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery, Martin Browne Contemporary and Ikkan Art.
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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