PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Liceu, 2004)

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Turandot

Date of Production: 27-07-2005
Venue: Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
Playing Time: 02:11:35
Catalogue Number: DVWW-OPTURL
UPC: 824121002060

Synopsis

The story of the beautiful but cruel princess Turandot, who had her suitors beheaded if they failed to solve her three riddles, has a unique place among Puccini’s works. Turandot shows the composer's ability to reflect the musical trends of his time more convincingly than any of his other operas. Here he combines advanced techniques with his own idiom without compromising the foundations of the traditional melodramma. Even today, and in spite of its wealth of inspired melodies (among them Calaf's aria "Nessun dorma" in the third act), the opera's chief fascination remains its clever, imaginative tonality and subtle instrumentation.

Filmed in 2004, this production of Turandot was first staged in 1999 to inaugurate the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, which was reopening after repairs to extensive fire damage.

The director, Núria Espert, retained the lavish settings traditionally associated with the opera: the magnificent sets are the work of Ezio Frigerio, while the costumes were designed by Franca Squarciapino. None the less, Espert's approach to the work is founded on the doubts that the composer himself expressed about the final scene of the work. In Espert's conception of the piece, Turandot remains incapable of turning into an ordinary, docile woman defeated by male strength, and so she stabs herself to death.

Bonus feature:

- Luana DeVol – Following the Dream

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