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Tenor Stefano La Colla Makes American Debut in Lyric’s ‘Turandot’


Toward the end of his career, Luciano Pavarotti not only had an immense fan base away from the operatic world but he became known for a signature tune.

It was the aria “Nessun Dorma” from Pucinin’s final opera “Turandot.” The opera is a huge spectacle about a mythical Chinese princess who is keen on chopping off the heads of her potential suitors. And it’s currently on stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Stefano La Colla, the tenor who sings that famous tune—along with a lot of other beautiful music in Lyric’s production—is already being compared to the legendary Pavarotti.

La Colla is making his American debut in this production and joins us in conversation and performance.

  • Stefano La Colla in “Turandot” (Courtesy of Lyric Opera Chicago)

    Stefano La Colla in “Turandot” (Courtesy of Lyric Opera Chicago)

  • Stefano La Colla and Amber Wagner in “Turandot” (Courtesy of Lyric Opera Chicago)

    Stefano La Colla and Amber Wagner in “Turandot” (Courtesy of Lyric Opera Chicago)

  • Stefano La Colla, center, in “Turandot” (Courtesy of Lyric Opera Chicago)

    Stefano La Colla, center, in “Turandot” (Courtesy of Lyric Opera Chicago)

  • Stefano La Colla (Credit: Alba Falchi)

    Stefano La Colla (Credit: Alba Falchi)

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Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of “Turandot” is on stage through Jan. 27 with La Colla in the role of the Unknown Prince. For more information, visit Lyric’s website.


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