Puccini: Turandot / Nelsons, Guleghina, Giordani, Poplavskaya [DVD]

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Franco Zeffirelli's magnificent staging of Puccini's final opera - a fairy tale set in a mythical China - is one of the most popular in the Met repertory. In this Live in HD production, Maria Guleghina takes on the title role and Marcello Giordani is Calaf, the unknown prince. Marina Poplavskaya and Samuel Ramey co-star, and Andris Nelsons conducts in his Met debut.

"The Met's over-the-top production, which is rumored to have cost $1.5 million when this extravaganza first opened in 1987, must be seen to be believed. And if seeing is believing, those watching the live HD simulcast Nov. 7 had a pronounced advantage over their counterparts at Lincoln Center, journeying along with the cameras through every nook and cranny of Zeffirelli's massive, imposing scenic design... It's always a joy to watch singers who can also act, and the close-up camera work panning Poplavskaya's face during her poignant first-act refrain, 'Signore, ascolta', only reinforced the obvious: Poplavskaya is not only a gifted lyric soprano, but also a convincing actress... The Met Orchestra, under the direction of the young Latvian conductor, Andris Nelsons, was in top form throughout this complex and demanding score, Puccini's last. The third-act of Turandot contains the composer's most brilliant writing for brass, and here the Met's brass section shined – both onstage and off. " -MusicalCriticism.com

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Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, Color



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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
  • Performers: Samuel Ramey (Bass); Marina Poplavskaya (Soprano); Maria Guleghina (Soprano); Marcello Giordani (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926