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Cover of the Sunday Calendar supplement of the «Los Angeles Times», 26 May 2002, featuring an image from the world première of Turandot with Luciano Berio's Finale.

May 2015, which marks the twelfth anniversary of Luciano Berio’s passing (27 May 2003), features many events, especially for Berio’s musical theatre.
Passaggio, conceived in collaboration with Edoardo Sanguineti, is performed in the frame of Festival Acht Brücken, Cologne, with soprano Julia Henning, the Kölner Vokalsolisten and the Ensemble intercontemporain, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado (May 9).
Seven performances of Un re in ascolto, the “azione musicale” realized from the sodality between Berio and Italo Calvino, are scheduled at Staatstheater Kassel, with Alexander Hannemann as conductor and Paul Esterhazy as stage director (May 23-July 25).
Sinfonia is performed at the Maison de Radio France by Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Pascal Rophé (May 23). SOLO is performed in Munich by Christian Lindberg and the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, conducted by Zubin Mehta (June 1 and 2).
Recital for Cathy is scheduled in Ghent (June 5) and Düsseldorf (June 7), with Elisa Caluwaerts and the Spectra Ensemble, conducted by Mark-Andreas Schlingenspiepen.
The Sechs Frühe Lieder and Fünf Frühe Lieder by Mahler-Berio will be performed at Opera di Firenze featuring baritone Dietrich Henschel and the Orchestra Haydn, conducted by Arvo Volmer (June 6).
Via Luciano Berio in Milan was the venue for an open-air concert in the frame of the PianoCity festival (22-24 May 2015), an event that brought piano music to symbolic spots around Milan.

For the complete list of concerts with Berio’s music, see the Concert calendar.


Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot with the third act completed by Luciano Berio in 2001 was performed at the La Scala theatre on May 1st to mark the opening of the world fair «Expo Milano 2015».
The opera features an exceptional cast conducted by Riccardo Chailly and stage directed by with Nikolaus Lehnhoff. Seven more performances follow on May 5, 8, 12, 15, 17, 20 and 23.

We wish to mark this extraordinary event with a collection of documents and interviews given by Luciano Berio between 2001 and 2002, in which the composer describes and explains the genesis and the conception of his rewriting of Turandot’s finale. The documents include a facsimile selection of autograph manuscripts and a link to an audio file of Berio’s finale recorded in 2003 for Decca with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly.

For the documents on Berio’s completion of Turandot click here.



L. Berio, Turandot, page 3 of the autograph score (by courtesy of Paul Sacher Stiftung and the Berio Estate).