The Canadian Opera Company production of Turandot

All images ©2019 Chris Hutcheson

Project Details

Client Canadian Opera Company
Date September 2019

Project Description

Here’s a selection of my images from the September 24th rehearsal of the alternate cast for the Canadian Opera Company’s 2019 production of Turandot. This marked my return to mainstage photography for the company after a hiatus of about 3 years. There were some challenges associated with this work. The most significant was the need for me to photograph the wide full stage images from the back of the house. It was also an opportunity for me to put the Nikon D850 through its paces alongside my Nikon D4 and a FUJI XT3. Given the low light I was particularly happy with the FUJI’s performance. Its ability to shoot RAW images with no shutter noise is a definite benefit. This was also the first mainstage production I’ve shot using Capture One Pro for post-processing and I was again, very pleased with results that are significantly better than those I’ve achieved with Adobe Lightroom.

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Cast & Creative Teams

Conductor Carlo Rizzi
Director, Design, and Lighting Concept Robert Wilson
Co-Director Nicola Panzer
Assistant Directors Fani Sarantari & Marilyn Gronsdal
Co-Set Designer Stephanie Engeln
Costume Designer Jacques Reynaud
Assistant Costume Designer Davide Boni
Co-Lighting Designers John Torres
Make-up Designer Manu Halligan
Dramaturg José Enrique Macián
Video Artist Tomek Jeziorski

Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst
Production Consultant Richard Lee


Turandot Tamara Wilson/Marjorie Owens*
Calaf Sergey Skorokhodov/Kamen Chanev*
Liù Joyce El-Khoury***/Vanessa Vasquez**
Timur David Leigh/Önay Köse*
Jim/Ping Adrian Timpau
Bob/Pang Julius Ahn
Bill/Pong Joseph Hu
Emperor Altoum Adrian Thompson
The Mandarin Joel Allison
The Prince of Persia Matthew Cairns

*Oct. 23, 25, 2019
**Oct. 15, 17, 23, 25, 2019
***Sept. 28, Oct. 4, 9, 19, 27, 2019