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Presenting Puccini

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Soprano Karin Paludan speaks with music director Wesley McCune before the start of Wednesday performance of Turandot.

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Orchestra members Jami Bolton, French horn and Douglas Wilson, trumpet review changes in the score. Also in the orchestra but not pictured: Tristan Viira, timpani.

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The story opens in Peking, a Mandarin reads an edict. The Emperor declares that suitors for the hand of the Princess Turandot must answer three riddles correctly or be put to death.

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Prince Calaf, tenor Peter Joshua Burroughs, strikes the gong three times in order to engage the Princess in the answering of the riddles.

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Princess Turandot, Karin Paludan, appeals to the Emperor, Harry Chen, not to force her to go with the stranger Prince Calaf.

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The Tiger, Miranda Barona Berni, growls.

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Principal Mary Gibson acknowledges all of the volunteers and third and fifth graders participating in this year’s production with special thanks to the Washington Performing Arts Society for their residency program with Ms. Paludan and the Washington National Opera for its school partnership with Mr. Burroughs. Additional funding was provided by The Janice Baker Cook Fund for Music.

John Adams Elementary School, in partnership with the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Washington National Opera, presented "Turandot," an opera composed by Giacomo Puccini, on Wednesday, May 28.