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Puccini: Turandot

4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Lise Lindstrom and Frank Porretta star in Franco Zeffirelli's acclaimed production of Puccini's last opera at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 2010.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Maria Guleghina, Marcello Giordani, Marina Poplavskaya, Samuel Ramey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00507ZQNO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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No human endeavor is "perfect", this one included, and probably best, actually, that nothing here in this life is "perfect". ("So we all love the crooked straightness of a good walking stick." --Robert Frost) So let me dispense with the negatives first: Is this Zeffirelli production "over-the-top"? No, not at all: It would have to be toned down quite a bit in order to be accurately labeled that. One excruciating example: There are gymnasts doing Floor-X tumbling runs across the front of the stage at the beginning of Act I. (I kid you not.) Then at the very end of Act III, to my mind this scene BEGS to be presented as a grand tableau, a la the finale of "The Firebird" in the Fokine choreography, but instead we have here a lot of fussing-about with a lot of fan-waving. ("Fan-waving" would be a good subtitle for this production, in fact.) And the thing is, the conducting of Andris Nelsons is so breathtakingly magnificent (see below) that the music itself easily can carry the day and needs no "help" from the designer/director. 'Tis a pity. Samuel Ramey's developing wobble: Yes, it's there, but it does no permanent damage. The edge-of-harshness in Maria Guleghina's voice: It's there, too, but you know what, I wouldn't change it a bit, not a bit. Lastly for negatives, this is claimed to be filmed in HD, but it does not look like HD to me. Maybe I am wrong, of course, but that is my take on it.

Now the positives that make this performance "fabulous": Andris Nelsons, the conductor (making his Met debut): Amazing, utterly amazing. I said in reviewing his "Boheme" dvd that he is the greatest conductor of Puccini that I have ever heard, and I am standing by that assessment here. What a way with this music!
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I loved it when PBS played this on tv, and I wanted to own Turandot on DVD, but I could only find it on Amazon. I saw there was an older version of the opera, but this was the one I really wanted (since I saw 2010-2011ish production on tv). I love every second of this opera. Thank you, Amazon, for selling one of my favorite operas!
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I call this Zifferellis Turandot as apart from the excellent singing by all concerned the opulent and magnificent sets and staging made this opera a joy to watch.Perhaps the sets somehow had an effect upon the singers and dancers as everyone who participated rose to the occasion.When my wife and I watched this opera it was a cold winters day here in Johannesburg ,South Africa,and with our log fire and a glass of red wine in hand ,somehow ,everything about the opera seemed very special.A definite buy for any opera lover's collection.
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As the other reviewers have noted, this is a dazzling production of a brilliant musical score, but if your lead is not up to snuff, why bother. Much praise has been given to Maria G., the lead, but I found her singing mediocre and her pronunciation non-existent. The other soprano who sang 4 performances at the Metropolitan Opera House at the same time was Lise Lindstrom and she is magnificent as Turandot, vastly superior to Maria G.
If you must get this production, you are better off buying the original one with Placido Domingo and Eva Marton. It may not be in HD, it may have a a few glitches here and there with the singing, but it is totally superior to this particular version. Sorry Maria G., learn how to enunciate.
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Can't say enough about this DVD. The MET is always great - but they outdid themselves on this production. Franco Zeffirelli is a great producer with an eye for detail. Best money you will spend on Opera DVD's.
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Love this production of Turandot. After seeing it twice as a public rebroadcast, we had to own it. Arrived in perfect condition and fast shipping.
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This is a eautiful representation of Turandot. Excellent fidelity as well as color. Have enjoyed it many times since purchase.
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Great Met Opera production with Zefferelli sets and excellent cast. Had the pleasure to see it live at the Met and it's great to be able to view again and again.
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