"Turandot" Pendant Watch
Price: $48.00 Members: $38.40
Turandot Pendant Watch
Exclusive to the Metropolitan Opera, our elegant pendant watch celebrates Giacomo Puccini’s much-loved opera, Turandot.
Inspired by an antique piece, it is gold plated with a scratch-resistant surface, measures approximately 1 ½ inches in diameter and drops from a 27 inch long, open link, gold chain with clasp. High-precision Japanese movement ensures accuracy and reliability. Created to be lightweight and comfortable to wear.
In 1926, famed Milanese publishing company, Edizioni Ricordi, designed an exquisite poster announcing Turandot’s world premiere. A reproduction of that vintage lithograph is depicted on the face of this striking pendant.
Turandot is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist, Carlo Gozzi. Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody.
The unenviable task of completing the opera’s last scene upon Puccini’s sudden death was left to the composer, Franco Alfano. Arturo Toscanini led the world premiere. Toward the end of the third act, Toscanini simply laid down his baton and announced that this was where the opera ended, because at that point, the composer died.
World premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, April 1926
Met Opera & U.S. premiere: November 16 1926
- A Met Opera Exclusive
- Metal case with scratch resistant gold plating
- Diameter: 1 ½”
- Chain: 27” L, open link, gold
- Image: Reproduction of 1926 Edizioni Ricordi poster
- High-precision Japanese movement
- Battery included
- All proceeds benefit the Metropolitan Opera
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