This is a wonderful Metropolitan production of Puccini's latest opera. Zefirelli's direction is full of colour, great scenography, lavish in style but with a wonderful result. Maria Guelghina sings the title role. Her voice is beautiful, and manages to portray the cruel princess. Liu is beautifully presented by Marina Poplavskaya. Marcello Giordani is Calaf. He reminds me of Franco Corelli, although I find Corelli irreplaceable.
The BR dvd has no extras, but offers a few interviews with the singers, between act II and III. It has 1080 HD image and stereo/surround audio.
At this price, this blue ray DVD is a steal! I loved it.
on January 1, 2010
This production was recorded live at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia in May 2008. Zubin Mehta is the Music conductor and it was staged by Chen Kaige who is an internationnaly acclaimed Chinese film-maker.The sumptuous costumes and palace sets were designed in China.Maria Guleghina triumphs as Turandot.I encourage people to also view the bonus(36 minutes). The blu-ray version is worth buying. You can admire the costumes and the whole set and the sound is fantastic. Turandot is not my favourite opera but I have seen this production 3 times and I also love Puccini's music. You will never regret this purchase.
The Stage setting is elaborate enough for the opera. The sound is perfect. I have to admit that I needed to use the sub-tittles as I am not that familiar with the words or story yet.
I could see where at first one may not think that Marco as a beginning presents as Calaf. However, it does not take long for him to move into the part and not ham it up.
This is Puccini's final opera and I am impressed that he never lost steam. The story seems at first a conglomeration of myths. However it is well rounded and becomes a myth if its own. A nameless prince falls for a mysterious Chinese princes, Turandot (Maria Guleghina.) she smells good but has a nasty attitude. If you are inclined to marry her, you must first answer three questions. If you get them wrong, you will be beheaded.
The prince is ignorant of the fact the he is already loved. The princes did not intend to fulfill any promise. In addition, the bulk of the opera is songs sung about intentions.
I was afraid the then highpoint of the opera would be the song Nessun dorma! and the rest would be filler. I was wrong it is captivating from the beginning to end. Someone may thing that it was quickly rapped up. However, it was actually pretty much dictated by the speech from the soon to be dispatched Liù (Alexia Voulgaridou - soprano) were she dictates the future.
I can listen to Alexia Voulgaridou signore Ascolta repeatedly.