An original Italian easy reader by Francesca Colombo
Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera, here simplifed for learners of Italian (with quotes from the actual libretto!)
First performed in Milan in 1926, only after Puccini’s death from cancer, the story is set in a mythical Peking, capital of China. The ferocious, but fantastically beautiful Chinese princess, Turandot, daugher of the aged emperor, is set on avenging an ancestor who was kidnapped by a foreign prince. With the reluctant agreement of her father, she sets a condition for her own marriage: any man who wishes to marry her must come to the palace and beat a gong, then answer three riddles. If he succeeds, he wins a bride, and an empire! But those who cannot answer her riddles correctly will have their heads chopped off, already the fate of many would-be suitors…
Begin with this ‘easy reader’ ebook before watching the actual opera, or simply use this original Italian reading/listening practice material to add a little variety to your study program.
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
- 6 chapters (based on Puccini’s Act/Scene structure) to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at intermediate level or above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
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Steve (verified owner) –
I have purchased all the opera series thus far because one of my goals in studying Italian was to better appreciate opera. This love story plot is a bit tough to believe, but at least now I know what is going on in the opera. The “Nessun dorma” aria is beautiful, but now that I know why they are singing it … well I don’t want to provide spoilers. These books really do allow you to understand and appreciate the opera. I highly recommend them.
Elsa (verified owner) –
I really enjoyed this book. The story of the opera is clearly told. I’d taken a break from doing my cleaning with the intention of just reading the introduction , but I was so taken with the tale that I read the whole book and then searched on YouTube to find a production of Turandot to watch. No more cleaning that day!
I thoroughly recommend this book.
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave feedback, Elsa. So few people do, so it’s a BIG HELP!
And of course we’ve very pleased you liked the ebook.