Turandot (The Metropolitan Opera)
Acclaimed director of both stage and screen Franco Zeffirelli produced this performance of Puccini's Turandot by the Metropolitan Opera. With a cast that includes Plácido Domingo, Eva Marton, and Leona Mitchell, the production also features the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under conductor James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet under choreographer Chiang Ching.
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I think it would be very easy for me to plagiarize some high brow comments from music critics but instead I'll be honest. I love operas and I'm a "cheapskate". I did a lot of research before purchasing this video and I'm very happy I did, no buyers regret here. I was especially flabbergasted by Leona Mitchell's performance, yes Domingo was excellent but I was expecting that. I loved the details in this video. You can focus on any actor or chorus person and realize they are 100% into the show. Every tiny little detail, expression, facial gestures, even the props on stage and meticulously planned. I'm not a Wine "connoisseur", so for me a good wine is one I like. I'm not a music critic and I don't have a PhD in opera; so for me, a good opera is one I like. I like this opera and I enjoyed the performance.
Leona Mitchell is one of the very few `Sopranos' able to drive the message home, particularly in this recording.
Placido Domingo warm voice is superb although, at times, I felt the music was a bit higher than the voice. (aria Nessun Dorma - None shall sleep -was magnificent)
The duo (Liu-Calaf) "My Lord: Listen and Don't cry Liu) ... how could one avoid crying!!
The performance of the ministers Ping, Pong and Pang and the way they `absorbed' their roles made me feel they were playing on the original site in Beijing.
Timur, the deposed king of Tartary (the father) bass-voice is impressive.
You will enjoy it much..............
As with the recordings of this wonderful opera, there are precious few to pick from. With the magnificent DVD from the San Francisco Opera out of the catalogue at the moment, this filmed production from the Metropolitan Opera is the clear winner. The sound on the Corelli DVD is just too grainy and fuzzy. Here we find (finally!) the right singer for the role of Turandot in the person of Eva Marton. Her voice is powerful with a steely tone and thrilling high notes the music calls for. A brilliant performance. We should consider ourselves lucky to have documentation of this wonderful artist in one of her signature roles. Placido Domingo fills the very large shoes of Calaf admirably. This is one of the hardest tenor roles to sing. There are no other roles for tenor that I can think of that have such a low tessitura yet call upon the singer to reach multiple high Cs. Domingo is absolute gold up to B-natural. Always has been. His two solos, "non piangere, Liu" and "Nessun Dorma" are dynamite. Sadly, the high Cs he sings are less than perfect. One really has to look to Pavarotti or Corelli for the perfect C, but then one loses the visceral virility that is the halmark of Domingo's singing and stage presence, though Corelli comes close for sheer animal magnetism. I'm more than willing to overlook a few flubbed notes for the pleasure of Domingo's complete performance. Leona Mitchell's Renee Fleming-like tone is a joy to the ear as Liu, though one might want a slightly lighter voice for the role...but not at the MET!!! Ping, Pang and Pong are wonderful--a tight unit, yet subtley individual. The stage direction and concept is by Zefferelli....magnificent, done as only the MET can. Levine leads the best operatic orchestra in the world through Puccini's most beautiful and complex score with verve and aplomb. This is one to own!!
This is THE best presentation of Turandot, surpassing the version filmed within the Forbidden City. The Metropolitan Opera presents an unforgettable performance of a very touching love story. The costumes, stage scenery, acting and orchestra are great. Eva Marton, as Princess Turandot, is simply sensational. Placido Domingo brings Calaf to life. Leona Mitchell (Liu) has a voice that is angelic. The play's finale is phenomenal. Purchase this DVD. You definitely won't be disappointed. You'll want to watch it repeatedly.