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Puccini:Turandot [Blu-ray]


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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Naxos of America
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BLXAIVG

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Boz on August 9, 2013
Format: DVD
Marton is wonderful. Carreras is very good. Ricciarelli is ok. The chorus and orchestra are very good. The costumes are fine. But the minimalist sets are dreadful. I dislike minimalist sets in any opera, but in Turandot, they are completely out of place. It should be the ancient city of Peking in all of it's splendor. Instead it is a bare staircase from a boiler factory. I recommend the Metropolitan Opera dvd, with Marton, Domingo, and Leona Mitchell. It has great singing and playing, great costumes, and wonderful, sumptuous sets.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Music Man on July 25, 2013
Format: DVD
This strikingly-staged production of Puccini's final opera, "Turandot" was filmed with the Vienna State Opera under the direction of Loren Maazal in 1983. Set on a spare stage with a single ascending staircase rising up to Turandot's chambers, and with sumptuous, impressionistic costuming, the production allows the audience to focus not on the sets or lighting, but the performances, which are uniformly excellent, and lend the production a stark, other-worldly feeling. Carreras is near his prime here, commanding and sure on his arias, while Katia Ricciarelli is radiant as Liu. Eva Marton is pure and powerful as the title princess, giving a weighty sense of grief to her character's fate. This DVD is worth watching just for their performances alone (and you can find a low-quality VHS transfer of this production on YouTube for preview). As the previous reviewer noted, there are no subtitles for the production, but this is typical of older productions - it's simplicity itself to print out your own libretto and follow alone if you don't know the story. Also, the filming and sound is not going to match current production values; but that said, this is still a stellar cast, with glorious performances and lush, potent direction by Maazal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MadMax on April 27, 2014
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I saw this production in Vienna and it was stunning, and LOUD (the woman next to me kept covering her ears). I think it has the longest staircase EVER to be used on a stage. The singing is absolutely top notch; all the principals are superb. The Met production is lovely to look at but this Harold Prince production is also worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HelpfulReviewer on July 30, 2014
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If you have ever experienced an outdoor Italian opera in Europe, this is a beautiful way to relive the experience at home!
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