To win the hand of Princess Turandot, suitors must first answer her three riddles, but an incorrect answer sends the suitor to the executioner. A stranger with no name, who no-one knows, tries. Will he win her hand, or lose his head?

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Maria Guleghina ... Turandot
Marcello Giordani ... Calàf
Marina Poplavskaya ... Liù
Samuel Ramey ... Timur
Charles Anthony ... Emperor Altoum
Joshua Hopkins ... Ping
Tony Stevenson ... Pang
Eduardo Valdes ... Pong
Mark Dechiazza ... Three Masks (as Mark De Chiazza)
Andrew Robinson ... Three Masks
Sam Meredith ... Three Masks
Keith Miller ... Mandarin
Antonio DeMarco ... Executioner
Sasha Semin ... Prince of Persia
Anne Nonnemacher ... Handmaidens
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To win the hand of Princess Turandot, suitors must first answer her three riddles, but an incorrect answer sends the suitor to the executioner. A stranger with no name, who no-one knows, tries. Will he win her hand, or lose his head?

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7 November 2009 (USA)  »

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A superb production of an opera I am very fond of
27 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

Turandot is not my favourite Puccini opera, that's Tosca followed by La Boheme, however seeing that it was the first opera I sang the chorus in I am very fond of it. The 1987 production is my favourite, and I love the 1983 production too. This Turandot is fantastic though. The costumes and sets are colourful, oriental and wonderfully opulent, and the video directing and intense staging, particularly in the Grind and Sharpen chorus, the 3 Enigmas scene and Liu's torture and death, makes it even the more stunning to watch. The characters and story are memorable and the music is wonderful and beautifully played and conducted, I personally have no problem with Alfano's completion of Act 3. The chorus are balanced and pitched very nicely and the performances are exceptional. Ping, Pong and Pang steal every scene they're in, the start of act 2 was one of the many highlights of this production, while Samuel Ramey is a noble and sympathetic Timur. Maria Guleghina is an imperiously chilling Turandot, and Marcello Giordani while stiff sometimes nails the singing, but at the end at the day Marina Poplavskaya as a very poignant Liu steals the show. Overall, a superb production. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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