On April 27, 2017 Riccardo Massi will make his Cologne Opera debut as Calaf in a Lydia Steier production of Turandot conducted by Claude Schnitzler, the first of six performances running through May 14, 2107. He will perform alongside Catherine Foster / Mlada Khudoley in the title role, Guanquin Yu / Ivana Rusko as Liù and Mika Kares / Lucas Singer as Timur.
Since his 2013 role debut at the Kungliga Opera Stockholm opposite Nina Stemme, Riccardo Massi has become one of the most requested Calafs on the international scene. Other high-profile outings in this part include the Bregenz Festival, Zurich Opera and the spectacular joint production by Opera Australia and Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, recently released on Blu-Ray and DVD.
Information about Turandot at the Cologne Opera:
Catherine Foster / Mlada Khudoley (Turandot), Martin Muehle / Riccardo Massi (Calaf), Guanqun Yu / Ivana Rusko (Liù), Mika Kares / Lucas Singer (Timur), Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger (Ping), John Heuezenroeder / Ralf Rachbauer (Pang), Martin Koch / Young Woo Kim (Pong), Alexander Fedim (Altoum), Michael Mrosek (Mandarino)
Lydia Steier (stage director), Claude Schnitzler (conductor)
Performances: April 27, 29; May 4, 7, 12, 14, 2017