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Turandot at the Forbidden City of Beijing 

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Giovanna Casolla ...
Sergej Larin ...
Calaf (as Sergeij Larin)
Barbara Frittoli ...
Liù
Carlo Colombara ...
Timur
José Fardilha ...
Ping
Francesco Piccoli ...
Pang
Carlo Allemano ...
Pong
Aldo Bottion ...
Vittorio Vitelli ...
Un Mandarino
Yuanyuan Liu ...
Executioner (as Liu Yuanyuan)
Zubin Mehta ...
Himself - Conductor
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The character of Timur may have been based on Abdallah Es-Zaghal, Moorish king of Grenada, who sold his kingdom for $17,000,000, then was arrested by Benimeren, King of Fez, who blinded Abdallah and took his money. Abdullah was forced to live the life of an outcast, panhandling for money while wearing a sign that read, "This is the unfortunate king of Andalusia. See more »

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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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