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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Lavish setting. Marvelous production. Thin on sound.
10 November 2003 | by (Winchester, CA) – See all my reviews

Lavish, authentic setting. Choice of the Ninja-style executioner as a red-flag waving female-- a superb touch! Staging incredible! Overall acting-- a Forbidden City "B". Sound engineering/production-- disappointingly thin (perhaps due to the "outdoor" staging). However, the sound track, featured separately from the stage production on the DVD, was excellent! This DVD also features interviews with principal artists, staging, and captivating behind-the-scenes interviews.

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