Great Performances: Season 27, Episode 16

Turandot at the Forbidden City of Beijing (9 Jun. 1999)

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Episode cast overview:
Giovanna Casolla ...
Sergej Larin ...
Calaf (as Sergeij Larin)
Barbara Frittoli ...
Carlo Colombara ...
José Fardilha ...
Francesco Piccoli ...
Carlo Allemano ...
Aldo Bottion ...
Vittorio Vitelli ...
Un Mandarino
Yuanyuan Liu ...
Executioner (as Liu Yuanyuan)
Zubin Mehta ...
Himself - Conductor


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Puccini died in 1924, while working on "Turandot"; he got as far as the scene in which a major character commits suicide to avoid cracking under torture, but Frederico Alfano completed it, and most critics feel that Puccini would have handled the awkward moment in the ending far better than Alfano did. One of those who believed this was conductor Arturo Toscanini, a friend of Puccini's, who led the work's world premiere in 1926. Immediately after the suicide scene, he laid down his baton and with tears in his eyes, spoke to the audience for the only time in his life: "Here Maestro Puccini laid down his pen. Death was stronger than art". Toscanini then left the orchestra pit. See more »


Referenced in The Turandot Project (2000) See more »

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Shock and awe
28 January 2006 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

A real cracker this. As a production of Turandot-the-opera its a bit patchy, given in far from ideal, open air circumstances. But Turandot is nothing if not an eye-popping spectacle and this production doesn't disappoint.

In fact it's almost worth getting the DVD to see the backdrop in use. Luckily, Zubin Metha wants to take the opera seriously too and thoughtful camera work give us the drama within the spectacle. Above all the hubbub there's time for some world-class singing from Barabara Frittoli as the pick of the principal trio. Not perhaps a library video to return to over and over again but certainly worth investigating. 5/10

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