Puccini: Turandot (DVD) – Irene Theorin, Gregory Kunde

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Puccini: Turandot (DVD) – Irene Theorin, Gregory Kunde

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Artists: Irene Theorin, Gregory Kunde, Yolanda Auyanet, Andrea Mastroni, Raúl Giménez, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro Real
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Director: Robert Wilson
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Italian, French, Spanish, German, English, Japanese, Korean
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Bel Air Classiques
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2020
Run Time: 122 minutes

Drawn from an ancient Persian epic from the 13th century, Turandot was indeed an excuse for Puccini, at the end of his life, to escape into a new dramatic universe, one made of unexpected sounds and symbols.

After 20 years of absence, Puccini’s Turandot was revived on the stage of the Teatro Real in a new production by American stage director Robert Wilson. One of the most important theater and visual artists of our time, the director who gave life to Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach and who reinvented Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande hadn’t worked on a Puccini opera in 25 years, since his ground-breaking Madama Butterfly commissioned by the Paris Opera in 1993. This new encounter between his powerful visual universe and Puccini’s evocative music was bound to be an outstanding event. Carried out by a brilliant cast of singers, dominated by Irene Theorin as Turandot, Gregory Kunde as Calaf and Yolanda Auyanet as Liù, this magnificent production has met with universal acclaim.



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History

Turandot

World premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1926.

Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi.

Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody. The unenviable task of completing the opera’s final scene upon Puccini’s sudden death was left to the composer Franco Alfano. Conductor Arturo Toscanini oversaw Alfano’s contribution and led the world premiere.

 

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