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Turandot - Luana de Vol
Liù - Barbara Frittoli
Calaf - Franco Farina
Timur- Stefano Palatchi
and other singers
Orquestra Simfònica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Giuliano Carella, conductor
Núria Espert, stage director
Recorded at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 2004
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: LPCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (All Region)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Running time: 132 mins
No. of DVDs: 1
The story of the beautiful but cruel princess Turandot has a unique place among Puccini's works, displaying the composer's ability to reflect the musical trends of his time more convincingly than any of his other operas. Despite its wealth of inspired melodies (among them Calaf's aria "Nessun dorma" in the third act), even today the opera's chief fascination remains its imaginative tonality and subtle instrumentation.
Filmed in 2004, the present production of Turandot was first staged in 1999 to inaugurate the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, reopening after repairs to extensive fire damage.
The title role is performed by Luana De Vol, who has been on the international opera scene for more than two decades and whose versatile, dramatic soprano perfectly suits the character of the despising, yet vulnerable Turandot. Lirico-spinto soprano Barbara Frittoli, one of the best-known Mozart/Verdi performers on the current scene, presents her lyrical vocal qualities in the role of the slave Liù. As recordings of Frittoli are still rare, this DVD is a further asset to her growing fan base.
The director, Núria Espert, retained the lavish settings and magnificent sets traditionally associated with the opera. None the less, Espert's approach to the work is founded on the doubts that Puccini himself expressed about the final scene of the work. In Espert's conception, Turandot remains incapable of turning into an ordinary, docile woman defeated by male strength, and so she stabs herself to death.
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