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Video: Horror make-up for Halloween opera at Belfast's Grand Opera House


Northern Ireland Opera is offering a rare opportunity to see Puccini’s final masterpiece, Turandot, fully staged in Northern Ireland in a radical and provocative new production.

Having won the TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE 2015 Award for 'Best Production' for their recent co-production with Irish Youth Opera, Northern Ireland Opera is bringing a new production of Puccini’s Turandot to Belfast for the closing three nights of the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival - this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A major international co-production with the State Theatre of Nuremberg and the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, this production of Turandot sees Northern Ireland Opera become key players on the international stage.

Nessun Dorma, an aria from Turandot, was made famous by the BBC when they used it as their theme for the Italia 90 World Cup. Nessun Dorma was most famously sung by Luciano Pavarotti, who not only would have celebrated his 80th birthday this year but who also, in 1963, made his UK debut on the stage of the Belfast Grand Opera House.

This new production of Turandot is directed by Calixto Bieito, who is described as “the Quentin Tarantino of Opera”.

Nuala Campbell, wigs and make-up supervisor for the shows, explained: "In keeping with the true Halloween theme this is quite a brutal, scary and intimidating opera.

"We are responsible for all the wounds and the blood and basically not making people look at their best."

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