Taormina events

Autunno all’Odeon

Musics and plays by the small theatre “Oeon” (200 seats)

Entrance: € 12,00 (residents € 10,00)

Odeon, via Teatrino Romano @ 6.30pm

Ctbox shops in Sicily: www.ctbox.it
In Taormina: at the “Casa del Cinema” in Corso Umberto I n. 61 and on site half an hour before the beginning of the show.

Comuicato stampa (Italian press release)


Monday, September 23rd
Direction: Monica Felloni
Compagnia Nèon Teatri


Thursday, September 26th
Guests: Brass Talents
Gaetano Castiglia trumpet
Gaetano Laura trmpet
in collaboration with The Brass Group

Friday, September 27th
music by Gershwin, Debussy
in collaboration with The Brass Group



Saturday, September 28th
original musics by Maurizio Mastrini
in collaboration with Associazione Musicale Almoetia

Sunday, September 29th
Arias from operas by G. Verdi, G. Donizetti, G. Puccini, P. Mascagni, V. Bellini


Saturday, October 5th
Plectrum Orchestra “CITTA’ DI TAORMINA”
Direction: Antonino Pellitteri
Music by Pullara, Verdi, Mascagni, Sollima, Gulotta, Morricone.
Fort the first time together withe soprano Francesca Adamo Sollima

The Taormina Plectrum Orchestra was founded at the beginning of the 20th century by a few local friends. Today it counts many musicians playing mandolins, mandolas, mandoloncelli, guitars and double basses.



Sunday, October 6th
Music by Debussy, Ravel, Faurè
in collaboration with Associazione Musicale Almoetia


Thursday, October 10th
with Gigi Borruso
music by Diego Spitaleri and Fabio Lannino
Interview to Dante by Gery Palazzotto (in Italian)

Friday, October 11th
with Lucy Garsia, Umberto Porcaro, Fabrizio Giambanco, Diego Spitaleri and Fabio Lannino



Saturday, October 12th
Music by Piazzolla, Galliano, Boccadoro, Luka, Porro, Galante
in collaboration with Associazione Musicale Almoetia

Friday, October 18th

DT Junior Ballet – Choreography by Alessandra Scalambrino


Saturday, October 19th



Sunday, October 20th
11.30am >> SICILIAN PUPPET SHOW by and with Giovanni Calcagno
La canzone di Orlando
Martirio dei Franchi a Roncisvalle
Vendetta dei Cristiani
In collaboration with the Pasqualino Puppet Museum
More info:

Music by Chopin, Debussy, Albeniz, Ginastera
in collaboration with Associazione Musicale Almoetia



Fondazione Taormina Arte

www.facebook.com/fondazionetaorminartesicilia – www.taoarte.it – info@taoarte.it – Infoline 009 391 746. 2146



Where to stay

Hotel La Pensione Svizzera – Hotel Villa Schuler – Hotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

Pio e Amedeo

“La classe non è qua”

Ancient Theatre, September 21st 2019


Pio D’Antini (August 20, 1983) and Amedeo Grieco (August 25, 1983) are an Italian comedy duo who work on stage, film, television and books as Pio e Amedeo.


TICKETS on ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 79,00
Gallery: € 69,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 49,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 29,00

The Look of the Year

Taormina, September 12th-16th, 2019

Gala evening at the Ancient Theatre on Sunday 15th



Host: Jo Squillo










Ancient Theatre, Saturday 14 September 2019 @21.30


Claudia Lagona (born 23 May 1987), better known by her stage name Levante, is an Italian singer-songwriter. She debuted in 2013, releasing the single “Alfonso”, which became popular after being launched by Italian radio station Radio DeeJay. The single was later certified gold by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Levante’s first studio album, Manuale distruzione, was released on 11 March 2014. It was followed by Abbi cura di te (2015) and Nel caos di stanze stupefacenti (2017).

In 2017, she was chosen as a judge for the eleventh series of Italian talent show X Factor.


TICKETS on ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 46,00
Gallery: € 40,30
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 35,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 29,90






Fondazione Taormina Arte


Sicily seen by Italian filmakers

Casa del Cinema (Corso Umberto I n. 63) every weekend from September 14th to November 16th 2019

Entrance: € 6,00 (residents in Taormina: € 4,00)

Tickets can be bought at the Casa del Cinema in Corso Umberto I n. 63 – open everyday except Mondays from 10.00am to 10.00pm


The Casa del Cinema is a museum that hosts posters and photographs of the film shot in Taormina. It is open every day fom Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00am to 10.00pm. Free entrance

During the period September 14th to November 16th, in the cinema room of the museum hosts a mini film festival, a careful selection of the rarest films among all those filmed (totally or partially) in Taormina.
Masterpieces are subtitled in English.



Click here to download the program




4:00pm – Gitarren klingen leise durch die Nacht
by Hans Deppe (Ger.,1959 – 84’)
with Fred Bertelmann, Margit NÜnke, Vivi Bach
original version, Italian subtitles
6:00pm – Gitarren klingen leise durch die Nacht (encore performance)

4:00pm – L’altro piatto della bilancia
by Mario Colucci (It., 1972 – 107’)
with Catherine Spaak, Philippe Leroy, Claude Reynaud
6:00pm – L’immagine meravigliosa
by Richard Brooks (It., 1951 – 110’)
with Stewart Granger, Anna Maria Pierangeli, George Sanders

4:00pm – Agguato sul mare
by Pino Mercanti (It., 1955 – 100’)
with Ettore Manni, Maria Frau, Nadia Gray
5:45pm – L’avventura
by Michelangelo Antonioni (It., 1960 – 140’)
with Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Gabriele Ricci, Lea Massari

4:00pm – Le confessioni di una donna
by Amleto Palermi (It., 1928 – 100’)
with Augusto Bandini, Maria Catalano, Gemma De Ferrari
6:00pm – Visioni private
by Francesco Calogero (It., 1989 – 92’)
with Jessica Forde, Patrick Bauchau, Ninni Bruschetta, Antonio Caldarella, Antonio Alveario, Donald Ranvaud, Maurizio Puglisi, Lella Costa, Tatti Sanguineti, Roberto De Francesco, Maurizio Marchetti, Mario Venuti and the special guest Cyd Charisse

4:00pm – Carne inquieta
by Silvestro Prestifilippo (It., 1957 – 100’)
with Marina Bert, Raf Vallone, Clara Calamai
French version with Italian subtitles – in collaboration with Cineteca della Calabria
6:00pm – Un amore di Gide
by Diego Ronsisvalle (It., 2008 – 92’)
with Olivia Magnani, Gigi Angelillo, Guido Caprino, Alessandro Haber, Mariano Rigillo, Nicola Di Pinto

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th (free entrance)
4.30pm – Archivi aperti – La Storia Rivelata
Fondazione Taormina Arte will share its hystorical archives. A 35 years long story in photographs, posters and readings
In collaboration with NaxosLegge

4:30pm – Il Gattopardo (The Leopard)
by Luchino Visconti (It.,1963 – 205’)
with Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli
Original version with English subtitles

4:00pm – L’Immagine meravigliosa (encore performance)
6:00pm – Gitarren klingen leise durch die Nacht (encore performance)

4:00pm – Agguato sul mare (encore performance)
6:00p, – Carne inquieta (encore performance)


4:00pm – Divorzio all’italiana (Divorce Italian Style)
by Pietro Germi (It,1961 – 108’)
with Marcello Mastroianni, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste, Daniela Rocca
Original version with English subtitles
6:00pm – Divorzio all’italiana (Divorce Italian Style) (encore performance)

4:00pm – L’avventura (encore performance)
6:30pm – Visioni private (encore performance)

4:00pm – Un amore di Gide (encore performance)
6:00pm – Made in Italy (episode “La donna”)
by Nanni Loy (It,1965 – 20’)
with Virna Lisi
to follow Il richiamo del sangue (L’appel du sang) by Louis Mercanton (Fr., 1919 – 57’)
with Charles Le Bargy, Ivor Novello, Phyllis Neilson-Terry, Desdemona Mazza, Salvatore Lo Turco

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18th (free entrance) <<CineMigrare 2019>>
5:30pm – Il mondiale in piazza
by Vito Palermi (It.,2018 – 15’)
6:30pm – Presentation of the book “Matrimonio siriano”
by Laura Tangherlini
> free entrance

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th (free entrance) – <<CineMigrare 2019>>
5:30pm – Presentation of the book “Tu promettilo al vento” (Carthago)
by Valentina Conti
6:30pm – Sharifa
by Fabrizio Sergi (It.,2018 – 14’)
> free entrance

5:30pm – Salvatore Giuliano
by Francesco Rosi (It.,1961 – 135’)
with Frank Wolff, Salvo Randone, Federico Zardi,
Original version with English subtitles

4:00pm – Le confessioni di una donna (encore performance)
6:00pm – L’altro piatto della bilancia (encore performance)

4:00pm – Visioni private (encore performance)
5:45pm – L’avventura (encore performance)

4:00pm – Stromboli, terra di Dio
by Roberto Rossellini (It.,1950 – 107’)
with Ingrid Bergamn, Mario Vitale, Renzo Cesana
Original version with English subtitles
6:00pm – Stromboli, terra di Dio (encore performance)

For Sicily of the best Italian fimakers, Friday 1st November: “Stromboli, land of God” by Roberto Rossellini with Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale and Renzo Cesana, with English subtitles. It is the director’s first film shot with Ingrid Bergman, his partner for several years.

4:00pm – L’immagine meravigliosa (encore performance)
6:00pm – Gitarren klingen leise durch die Nacht (encore performance)

For the films shot in Taormina on Saturday, November 2nd: “L’immagine meravigliosa” (1951) by Richard Brooks with Stewart Granger, Anna Maria Pierangeli and George Sanders to follow “Gitarren klingen leise durch die Nacht” (1959) by Hans Deppe with Fred Bertelmann, Margit Nunke and Live Bach.


4:00pm – Carne inquieta (encore performance)
6:00pm – Agguato sul mare (encore performance)

Sunday, November 3rd, is the turn of “Carne inquieta” (1957) by Silvestro Prestifilippo with Marina Bert, Raf Vallone and Clara Calamai to follow “Agguato sul mare ” (1955) by Pino Mercanti with Ettore Manni, Maria Frau and Nadia Gray.



4:00pm – Sedotta e abbandonata (Seduced & Abandoned)
by Pietro Germi (It.,1964 – 120’)
with Stefania Sandrelli, Saro Urzì, Aldo Puglisi, Leopoldo Trieste
Original version with English subtitles
6:00pm – Sedotta e abbandonata (Seduced & Abandoned) (encore performance)

4:00pm – Un amore di Gide (encore performance)
6:00pm – Made in Italy (encore performance)
to follow Il richiamo del sangue (encore performance)

4:00pm – Le confessioni di una donna (encore performance)
6:00pm – L’altro piatto della bilancia (encore performance)

5:00 – La terra trema (The Earth will Tremble)
by Luchino Visconti (It., 1947 – 165’)
with Maria Micale, Sebastiano Valastro
Original version with English subtitles


5:30 – Made in Italy (encore performance)
by Nanni Loy with Virna Lisi (It,1965 – 20’)

to follow Il richiamo del sangue (L’appel du sang) (encore performance)
by Louis Mercanton (Fr., 1919 – 57’)
Italian version of the first black and white film shooted in Taormina
With Charles Le Bargy, Ivor Novello, Phyllis Neilson-Terry, Desdemona Mazza, Salvatore Lo Turco



Fondazione Taormina Arte – www.taormina-arte.com

Mobile 0039 391 746 2146



Where to stay

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa DucaleHotel Villa Carlotta


“La musica che integra il molteplice”

performed by the students of the Musco Music School of Catania and the Orchestra Mandolinistica Gioviale of Taormina

Cathedral of Taormina, Friday September 13th @ 8.00pm

Free entrance


Italy in Voice – Poster

Italy in Voice

Arias from Operas and Italian popular songs

Nazarena Theatre, via Fontana Vecchia n. 3 (not far from Porta Messina)

The Show is

From May to October 27th: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday @ 9.00 pm
On October 29th and 31st: @ 5.30pm
From November 2st to December 22nd: every Sunday @ 5.30pm
On December 30th: @ 9.00pm

Ticket: € 23,00, drink included. Program changes daily.


The Euterpe Association invites you to come and enjoy the beauty of Bel Canto in a show created with love and performed with passion. The artists will perform for you the most beautiful Italian Songs and Opera Arias, for a truly exciting evening.

The concert is divided into two parts. In the first part, a selection of arias is proposed, chosen among the most beautiful operas. In the second part will be proposed a selection of the most beautiful songs of Italian, Neapolitan and Sicilian tradition.

During intermission a drink (a glass of prosecco and snacks) is offered in the large garden courtyard of the theatre.
The little theatre has been recently renovated and offers all the comforts required by current Italian regulations. It is equipped with 120 seats, air conditioning, access for people with handicap.

On request, the Theatre is willing to organise concerts on other days and hours.





Tuesday 10Thursday 12Saturday 14 – Sunday 15Tuesday 17Thursday 19Saturday 21Sunday 22Tuesday 24Thursday 26Saturday 28Sunday 29

Winter shows

Tuesday 1Thursday 3Saturday 5Sunday 6Tuesday 8Thursday 10Saturday 12Sunday 13Tuesday 15Thursday 17Saturday 19Sunday 20Tuesday 22Thursday 24Saturday 26Sunday 27Tuesday 29Thursday 31

Saturday 2Sunday 3Sunday 10
Sunday 17 – Sunday 24

Sunday 1Sunday 8Sunday 15Sunday 22 – Monday 30 (hr 9.00pm)


Gran Galà 2019

Thursday 26Monday 30




online: https://italyinvoice.com/eventi/

in Taormina:

1. Nazarena Theatre on concert’s day
2. In your hotel. Ask the reception
3. Shaker Bar – P.zza Vittorio Emanuele n. 6
4. Interbus ticket office – P.zza San Pancrazio n. 32/A
5. Interbus ticket office – Taormina Terminal Bus
6. Chiosco Sig.ra Scott – Taormina Terminal Bus
7. Saistours – C.so Umberto, n. 214
8. Venuto Viaggi Travel Agency – c.so Umberto, n. 19
9. Noema Viaggi Travel Agency – via Pirandello n. 14
10. SVT Travel – via Pirandello, n. 3








Where to stay

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa DucaleHotel Villa Carlotta


Le Avventure di Pinocchio

The Adventures of Pinocchio

Opera in two acts

Ancient Theatre, Tuesday 10th September 2019 @9.00pm


Musics: Antonio Cericola
Libretto: Sandro Bernabei
Special Guest: Pippo Franco as the Talking Cricket

Direction: Benedetto Zanone
Choreography: Sophie Loze, Barbara Melica
Dancers: Sophie Loze (ètoile), Asia Orlando
Scenes: Albert Van Hengel
Costumes: Accademia delle Arti Antonio Cericola – Simona Ferri

PINOCCHIO: Alejandro Escobar,
GEPPETTO: Francesco Marcacci,
BLUE FAIRY: Greta Di Forti,
MANGIAFUOCO: Vincenzo Parziale,
CAT: Nunzio Fazzini,
FOX: Laura Ranieri,
OSTE OMINO: Emanuele Rosa,
LUCIGNOLO: Artur Kaipkulov,

DIRECTOR: Giovan Battista D’Asta
ORCHESTRA: Arturo Toscanini
CHORUS >> WHITE VOICES: Accademia delle Arti Antonio Cericola – DIRECTOR OF THE CHORUS: Rosa Maria Lo Cascio



A show for families.

Pinocchio (Italian: [piˈnɔkkjo]) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) by Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio was carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a Tuscan village. He was created as a wooden puppet but he dreams of becoming a real boy. He is notably characterized for his frequent tendency to lie, which causes his nose to grow.

Pinocchio is a cultural icon. He is one of the most reimagined characters in children’s literature. His story has been adapted into other media, notably the 1940 Disney film Pinocchio.

Pinocchio is a wooden marionette (a puppet that is manipulated with wires) and not a hand puppet (directly controlled from inside by the puppeteer’s hand). But the piece of wood from which he is derived is animated, and so Pinocchio moves independently. Basically good, he often gets carried away by bad company and is prone to lying. His nose will become longer and longer once he starts lying to others. Because of these characteristics he often finds himself in trouble. Pinocchio undergoes transformations during the novel: he promises The Fairy with Turquoise Hair to become a real boy, flees with Candlewick to the Land of Toys, becomes a donkey, joins a circus, and becomes a puppet again. In the last chapter, out of the mouth of The Terrible Dogfish with Geppetto, finally stops being a puppet and becomes a real boy (thanks to the intervention of the Fairy in a dream).


TICKETS on vivaticket.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 35,00 – over 65 and under 25: € 20,00
Gallery: € 25,00 – over 65 and under 25: € 15,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 15,00 – over 65 and under 25: € 12,00








GDS Show

A night with the stars

Taormina Ancient Theatre, September, 7 2019 @9.00pm


A charity event with famous Italian TV and music stars like Mario Biondi, Anna Tatangelo and Massimo Lopez.

Host of the the show is Salvo La Rosa


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Stalls (Parterre): € 30,00
Gallery: € 30,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 20,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 10,00


by Giacomo Puccini

Ancient Theatre, Tuesday September 3rd 2019 @9.00pm


Turandot: Elina Ratiani
Calaf: Marcello Giordani
Liù: Sharon Azrieli
Orchestra conductor: James Meena
Direction: Enrico Stinchelli
Scene: Ezio Frigerio
Costumes: Franca Squarciapino


TICKETS on boxol.it and ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 105,00
Gallery: € 85,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 60,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 35,00




Place: Peking, China
Time: Legendary times

Act 1
Anna May Wong as Princess Turandot, 1937
In front of the imperial palace

In China, beautiful Princess Turandot will only marry a suitor who can answer 3 secret riddles. A Mandarin announces the law of the land (Aria – Popolo di Pechino! – “People of Peking!”). The Prince of Persia has failed to answer the three riddles, and he is to be beheaded at the next moonrising. As the crowd surges towards the gates of the palace, the imperial guards brutally repulse them, causing a blind old man to be knocked to the ground. The old man’s slave-girl, Liù, cries out for help. A young man hears her cry and recognizes that the old man is his long-lost father, Timur, the deposed king of Tartary. The young Prince of Tartary is overjoyed at seeing Timur alive, but still urges Timur to not speak his name because he is afraid that the Chinese rulers, who have conquered Tartary, may kill or harm them. Timur then tells his son that, of all his servants, only Liù has remained faithful to him. When the Prince asks her why, she tells him that once, long ago in the palace, the Prince had smiled at her (Trio with chorus – The crowd, Liù, Prince of Tartary, Timur: Indietro, cani! – “Back, dogs!”).

The moon rises, and the crowd’s cries for blood dissolve into silence. The doomed Prince of Persia, who is on his way to be executed, is led before the crowd. The young Prince is so handsome and kind that the crowd and the Prince of Tartary decide that they want Turandot to act compassionately, and they beg Turandot to appear and spare his life (Aria – The crowd, Prince of Tartary: O giovinetto! – “O youth!”). She then appears, and with a single imperious gesture, orders the execution to continue. The Prince of Tartary, who has never seen Turandot before, falls immediately in love with her, and joyfully cries out Turandot’s name three times, foreshadowing the riddles to come. Then the Prince of Persia cries out one final time. The crowd, horrified, screams out one final time and the Prince of Persia is beheaded.

The Prince of Tartary is dazzled by Turandot’s beauty. He is about to rush towards the gong and to strike it three times – the symbolic gesture of whoever wishes to attempt to solve the riddles so that he can marry Turandot – when the ministers Ping, Pang, and Pong appear. They urge him cynically to not lose his head for Turandot and to instead go back to his own country (Fermo, che fai?). Timur urges his son to desist, and Liù, who is secretly in love with the Prince, pleads with him not to attempt to solve the riddles (Signore, ascolta! – “Lord, hear!”). Liù’s words touch the Prince’s heart. He begs Liù to make Timur’s exile more bearable by not abandoning Timur if the Prince fails to answer the riddles (Non piangere, Liù – “Do not cry, Liù”). The three ministers, Timur, and Liù then try one last time to stop the Prince (Ah! Per l’ultima volta! – “Ah! For the last time!”) from attempting to answer the riddles, but he refuses to heed their advice.

He calls Turandot’s name three times, and each time Liù, Timur, and the ministers reply, “Death!” and the crowd declares, “We’re already digging your grave!” Rushing to the gong that hangs in front of the palace, the Prince strikes it three times, declaring himself to be a suitor. From the palace balcony, Turandot accepts his challenge, as Ping, Pang, and Pong laugh at the Prince’s foolishness.

Act 2
Scene 1: A pavilion in the imperial palace. Before sunrise

Ping, Pang, and Pong lament their place as ministers, poring over palace documents and presiding over endless rituals. They prepare themselves for either a wedding or a funeral (Trio – Ping, Pang, Pong: Ola, Pang!). Ping suddenly longs for his country house in Honan, with its small lake surrounded by bamboo. Pong remembers his grove of forests near Tsiang, and Pang recalls his gardens near Kiu. The three share their fond memories of their lives away from the palace (Trio – Ping, Pang, Pong: Ho una casa nell’Honan – “I have a house in Honan”). They turn their thoughts back to how they have been accompanying young princes to their deaths. As the palace trumpet sounds, the ministers ready themselves for another spectacle as they await the entrance of their Emperor.

Scene 2: The courtyard of the palace. Sunrise

The Emperor Altoum, father of Turandot, sits on his grand throne in his palace. Weary of having to judge his isolated daughter’s sport, he urges the Prince to withdraw his challenge, but the Prince refuses (Aria – Altoum, the Prince: Un giuramento atroce – “An atrocious oath”). Turandot enters and explains (In questa reggia – “In this palace”) that her ancestress of millennia past, Princess Lo-u-Ling, reigned over her kingdom “in silence and joy, resisting the harsh domination of men” until she was raped and murdered by an invading foreign prince. Turandot claims that Lo-u-Ling now lives in her, and out of revenge, Turandot has sworn to never let any man wed her. She warns the Prince to withdraw but again he refuses. The Princess presents her first riddle: Straniero, ascolta! – “What is born each night and dies each dawn?” The Prince correctly replies, Speranza – “Hope.” The Princess, unnerved, presents her second riddle (Guizza al pari di fiamma – “What flickers red and warm like a flame, but is not fire?”) The Prince thinks for a moment before replying, Sangue – “Blood”. Turandot is shaken. The crowd cheers the Prince, provoking Turandot’s anger. She presents her third riddle (Gelo che ti da foco – “What is ice which gives you fire and which your fire freezes still more?”). He proclaims, “It is Turandot! Turandot!”

The crowd cheers for the triumphant Prince. Turandot throws herself at her father’s feet and pleads with him not to leave her to the Prince’s mercy. The Emperor insists that an oath is sacred and that it is Turandot’s duty to wed the Prince (Duet – Turandot, Altoum, the Prince: Figlio del cielo). She cries out in despair, “Will you take me by force? (Mi porterai con la forza?) The Prince stops her, saying that he has a riddle for her: Tre enigmi m’hai proposto – “You do not know my name. Tell me my name before sunrise, and at dawn, I will die.” Turandot accepts. The Emperor then declares that he hopes that he will be able to call the Prince his son when the sun next rises.

Act 3
Scene 1: The palace gardens. Night

In the distance, heralds call out Turandot’s command: Cosi comanda Turandot – “This night, none shall sleep in Peking! The penalty for all will be death if the Prince’s name is not discovered by morning”. The Prince waits for dawn and anticipates his victory: Nessun dorma – “Nobody shall sleep!”

Ping, Pong, and Pang appear and offer the Prince women and riches if he will only give up Turandot (Tu che guardi le stelle), but he refuses. A group of soldiers then drag in Timur and Liù. They have been seen speaking to the Prince, so they must know his name. Turandot enters and orders Timur and Liù to speak. The Prince feigns ignorance, saying they know nothing. But when the guards begin to treat Timur harshly, Liù declares that she alone knows the Prince’s name, but she will not reveal it. Ping demands the Prince’s name, and when Liù refuses to say it, she is tortured. Turandot is clearly taken aback by Liù’s resolve and asks Liù who or what gave her such a strong resolve. Liù answers, “Princess, love!” (Principessa, amore!). Turandot demands that Ping tear the Prince’s name from Liù, and Ping orders Liù to be tortured even more. Liù counters Turandot (Tu che di gel sei cinta – “You who are begirdled by ice”), saying that Turandot too will learn the exquisite joy of being guided by caring and compassionate love. Having spoken, Liù seizes a dagger from a soldier’s belt and stabs herself. As she staggers towards the Prince and falls dead, the crowd screams for her to speak the Prince’s name. Since Timur is blind, he must be told about Liù’s death, and he cries out in anguish. When Timur warns that the gods will be offended by Liù’s death, the crowd becomes subdued, very afraid and ashamed. The grieving Timur and the crowd follow Liù’s body as it is carried away. Everybody departs, leaving the Prince and Turandot alone. He reproaches Turandot for her cruelty (Duet – The Prince, Turandot: Principessa di morte – “Princess of death”), then takes her in his arms and kisses her in spite of her resistance.

The Prince tries to convince Turandot to love him. At first she feels disgusted, but after he kisses her, she feels herself becoming more ardently desiring to be held and compassionately loved by him. She admits that ever since she met the Prince, she realized she both hated and loved him. She asks him to ask for nothing more and to leave, taking his mystery with him. The Prince, however, then reveals his name: “Calaf, son of Timur – Calaf, figlio di Timur”, thereby placing his life in Turandot’s hands. She can now destroy him if she wants (Duet – Turandot, Calaf: Del primo pianto).

Scene 2: The courtyard of the palace. Dawn

Turandot and Calaf approach the Emperor’s throne. She declares that she knows the Prince’s name: Diecimila anni al nostro Imperatore! – “It is … love!” The crowd cheers and acclaims the two lovers (O sole! Vita! Eternità).