This Turandot contrasts wonderfully with the other top Turandot on the market: the 1987 Zeffirelli production at the MET. It is so different in almost every way--musically, the production, singers etc. However, I would have to say that the MET production is probably a better choice for one's very first Turandot, though I would not want to be without this one. Compared to Zeffirelli's production, Prince's staging is seemingly minimalist, and the drama comes through in a much more uncluttered way. Maazel offers an excitingly detailed performance, offering nuance and grandeur. Levine's conducting is adequate--he basically holds it together and keeps it moving, but that's about it. I prefer Marton in this production, if only because her performance is steadier and more brilliant. However in my opinion, domingo wins over carreras hands down, despite the cracked high C. Carreras simply cannot muster the power for the role, though I suppose that weakness is not as evident on DVD. Interestingly, even carreras eschews the optional high C. Ricciarelli certainly cannot compete with leona mitchell, whose liu is more expressively and accurately sung, and better acted. Ricciarelli's decline is already evident at this point in her career. Overall I would say if you had to pick only one or if you are buying it for the first time on DVD, go for the MET production. It's more traditional, a bit more cohesive, and certainly a sight worth seeing. This dvd, is a very very close second choice, with wonderful conducting by Maazel, an interesting production and Eva Marton in fresher voice.