Our Miguel Sebastian is not an opera singer, but was selected recently to play the Executioner’s Assistant in the upcoming spectacular Opera Australia production of Puccini’s Turandot. Being both an actor and personal trainer, Miguel is perfectly suited for the very physical role and the casting group obviously appreciated the opportunity to have him be part of the lavish production.
The story: Turandot is a beautiful and brutal princess, who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. No one has ever succeeded. Calaf is a brave, selfish prince from a different land, who watches the princess behead a rival suitor and falls instantly in love. Despite the wishes of his exiled father and the pleas of a slave-girl who loves him, he rings the gong and declares his suit to the princess. She presents her riddles, and in triumph, the unknown prince answers. Turandot despairs and the prince takes pity – offering the ice-cold princess a riddle of his own. But Calaf’s riddle risks more than his own life – everyone else’s hangs in the balance.
See Turandot and Miguel at The JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE & The SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE. Coming JUNE 24 – AUGUST 28, 2015.