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James Levine ...
Himself - Conductor
Eva Marton ...
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Leona Mitchell ...
Liù
Hugues Cuénod ...
Paul Plishka ...
Timur
Brian Schexnayder ...
Ping
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Pang
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Pong
Gary Cordial ...
Three Masks
Christopher Stocker ...
Three Masks
Joseph Fritz ...
Three Masks
Arthur Thompson ...
Mandarin
Roger Koch ...
Executioner
Scott Forrest ...
Prince of Persia
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4 April 1987 (USA)  »

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Version of Prinzessin Turandot (1934) See more »

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Wow!!!
11 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even if you're not an opera fan, you cannot deny the utter beauty and majesty of this Puccini classic. Many years ago, I was an extra in the movie, "Yes, Giorgio," with Luciano Pavarotti. I played the part of "Ping." It was there that I met Luciano personally, and learned to adore his signature song, "Nessun Dorma." But while this tune may have belonged to Pavarotti, on stage and in the flesh, he has no equal to the fantastic Placido Domingo, in my opinion. This is certainly in no part due to Placido's superior acting skills and dulcet yet powerful voice. His commanding stage presence is without peer, so necessary in the part of "Calaf," the heroic suitor to Turandot. Since I have zero Italian skills, watching this with the subtitles ON made the visual and aural enjoyment of this spectacle all the more moving, imbuing the characters the human element you simply cannot get without a thorough understanding of the text. This is "must see" viewing for anyone desiring a musical experience that you will not soon forget.


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