Puccini - Turandot (DVD)
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Cat No: 33764
Format: DVD - NTSC
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 27th November 2015
Massimo La Guardia
Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Carlo Felice
Turandot is Giacomo Puccini’s tenth and last opera. It took the composer almost four years to complete, from the beginning of 1921 to 1924. Just days before his death on 29th November 1924, Puccini was still working on it. The opera was left incomplete and an ending was written, on Arturo Toscanini’s suggestion, by the composer Franco Alfano (1876 – 1954).
From a musical point of view, Turandot is the most modern and innovative of Puccini’s operas, encapsulating the hallmarks of Puccini’s style and skilfully blending exoticism, sentimentality, intimate lyricism, grandiosity and grotesque overtones. Puccini’s extraordinary orchestration skills are applied here with unprecedented care. The use of large instrumental forces translates into new tone-colour effects which, together with this production’s stunning sets and sumptuous costumes, confirms Turandot as one of Puccini’s most powerful and original operas.
This production is directed by film director Guiliano Montaldo.
- Princess Turandot: Daniela Dessì
- Emperor Altoum: Massimo La Guardia
- Timur: Ramaz Chikviladze
- Calaf: Mario Malagnini
- Liù: Roberta Canzian
- Ping: Francesco Verna
- Pang: Enrico Salsi
- Pong: Manuel Pierattelli
- A Mandarin: Fabrizio Beggi
- The Prince of Persia: Pasquale Graziano
- First Handmaid: Annarita Cecchini
- Second Handmaid: Simona Pasino
Sung in: Italian
Video Format/Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9
Audio Format: PCM 2.0 - Dolby digital 5.1
Notes: English, Italian
Subtitles: Fre, Eng, Ger, Ita, Spa, Jap, Kor
Region code: 0 – All regions
Recording date & place: December, 2012 – Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, Italy
Duration: 119 mins
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