This illustration for Turandot was such a pleasure to do - not to mention educational. I have always loved the song "Nessun Dorma," but I never knew it was from this opera. When I got the assignment, I did some research and about fell out of my chair. I knew I had to see Turandot! Luckily for me, my friend, Michael, wanted to go as well. We saw it at the San Diego Civic Theatre - it was such an amazing experience!
The sets were designed by David Hockney and, wow, they were spectacular. The play between orange and blue as well as rich red and light green took my breath away. Oh, yes, and the singing did too! The pictures above of the set designs are from David Hockney's site. By the way, the costumes were designed by illustrator and children's book author, Ian Falconer. He is most know for his books about the adventures of a pig named OLIVIA. So much talent, I could scream - or squeel!