In May of 1997, Zubin Mehta conducts and Zhang Yimou directs Puccini's "Turnadot" in Florence. A year later, they stage nine performances in Beijing. This documentary focuses on the China ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Carlo Allemano ...
Pong
Lando Bartolini ...
Giovanna Casolla ...
Jing Hua Chen ...
Himself - Costume Manager
Michael Ecker ...
Himself - Executive Producer
Barbara Frittoli ...
Liù
Wolfgang Fritz ...
Himself - Sound Designer (as Prof. Wolfgang Fritz)
Cristina Gallardo Domas ...
Liù
Xiaozhuang Gong ...
Himself - China Performing Arts Agency
Shu Sheng Gu ...
Himself - Commander
Barbara Hendricks ...
Liù
Sergej Larin ...
Guido Levi ...
Himself - Lighting Designer
Jing Zhi Lin ...
Himself - Journalist
Cesare Mazzonis ...
Himself - Artistic Director, Florence Opera
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In May of 1997, Zubin Mehta conducts and Zhang Yimou directs Puccini's "Turnadot" in Florence. A year later, they stage nine performances in Beijing. This documentary focuses on the China production: a huge and elaborate set, hundreds of extras, three sets of principles, props and costumes matching the Ming Dynasty. Mehta, with his Indian roots and European training, revels in bringing disparate cultures together. Zhang wants the music to come through and anticipates the demands (and habits) of the Chinese audience. Rehearsals; production work; rain; talks with singers, crew, and local officials -- can it all come together? When the chorus is in full volume, no one sleeps. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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4 September 2003 (Australia)  »

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El proyecto de Turandot  »

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$7,877 (USA) (10 August 2001)

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$32,806 (USA) (16 November 2001)
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Spellbinding...
1 July 2002 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

Just spellbinding!

I've sung in the chorus of this opera and know it well. This inside look at the making of the production was very enjoyable and offers those who only usually see a performance a fascinating look behind the scenes. Not to mention that the opera is spellbinding..and this performance sounded and looked astounding!

The finale practically knocked my socks off!


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