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Puccini: Turandot [Cast, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Henrik Nanasi, Andrei Serban] [Blu-ray] [2014]

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  • Actors: Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Cast
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,185 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Turandot Lise Lindstrom
Calaf Marco Berti
Liù Eri Nakamura
Ping Dionysios Sourbis
Pong Douglas Jones
Pang David Butt Philip
Altoum Alasdair Elliott
Timur Raymond Aceto

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor Henrik Nánási
Director Andrei Serban
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, September 2014

Andrei Serban's spectacular and thrilling 1984 production of Puccini's final and grandest opera has long been a classic at the Royal Opera House. First filmed for BBC TV in the 80s, this new recording of its fifteenth revival is in stunning HD and makes this famous production available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray. The release will rightfully take its place alongside the outstanding Royal Opera Puccini DVDs of La Bohème, Tosca (on EMI) and Il Trittico. American Lise Lindstrom is one of the very few contemporary Turandots who can genuinely sing this killer' role, and is supported by a touching Liù from Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura and an unashamedly Italianite Calaf from Marco Berti. The young Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási directs the large orchestra and all-important chorus.

Running time: 125 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS


Lise Lindstrom is pretty much the ideal Ice Princess. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC OPERA CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine, July'14

It's good to have a visual documentation of Andrei Serban's canonical Royal Opera House Turandot production, first unveiled in 1984 and revived more than a dozen timed since thenm this time under Andrew Sinclair's supervision. Well worth your consideration. --IRR, July/ Aug'14

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Sillitoe on 9 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
I sadly missed out on seeing this production at the cinema, and I daresay that, for those who managed to see it on the big screen, the small screen experience will be a bit disappointing. However, after saying that, for me this production was a wonderful experience, the finest performance that I have ever seen on DVD or live! The sumptuous sets and costumes transport you to a different world, and the excellent acting and singing only serves to further the enjoyment.
I really enjoyed Lise Lindstrom’s performance as Turandot, she is able to bring out, through her singing and acting, every nuance of the character of the princess, steely yet at times vulnerable. This is backed up by the perfect foil of Marco Berti’s Calaf, and the rest of the cast, in which there isn’t a single weak link. The Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are also on fine form, and the wonderful direction of Andrei Serban makes this a production to savour.
The extras on this disc include the usual cast gallery as well as an informative introduction to the opera by Antonio Pappano, and a short piece entitled ‘Behind the Masks’, which again is an introduction to the opera only this time from the perspective of Ping, Pang and Pong, both of which, especially when combined with the fine booklet notes, give some insight into the opera as well as this production.
This production is a feast for both eyes and the ears, I have been told that the original 1984 ROH production is preferable, but in my opinion this present version would be hard to beat! Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Audsley on 26 July 2014
Format: DVD
Turandot was a visual marvel, both in terms of the set and the costumes. As someone who is a very inexperienced opera goer, I found that Turandot had everything I could possibly want from an opera, love, loss, lust and death.

For me, the subtitles were a saviour and really helped me to follow the story and become so wrapped up In the opera. However Turandot- an introduction was equally as useful and a very thoughtful extra feature that included interviews with both the cast and the production team.

It was an extremely powerful performance from all of the cast, I particularly enjoyed Eri Nakamuras portrayal of Lui, who had the most fantastic vocals. However the Lise Lindstrom made for a perfect princess, she was both beautiful and her vocals were outstanding.I thought that Lindstroms portrayal of Turandot was very believable, and she portrayed the fragile yet icy nature of the princess effortlessly.

The orchestra were superb, even from my living room sofa the sound was beautifully clear and incredibly dramatic. The set and costumes were very grand and impressive and really gave a continuous, authentic oriental feel to the whole production. My only critique being that on the DVD the dark background doesn’t quite do the set justice.

I would love to see a production of this at the Opera House, I thoroughly enjoyed the DVD but I now want the live experience!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cher on 17 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
The Royal Opera’s production of Turandot is a visual wonder! Puccini’s famous opera Turandot where “Nessun Dorma’, one of Opera’s most famous arias comes from is set in Ancient China. Everything about this revival is grand from the sets, giant mask props and a throne lowering from the sky to the orchestra and dramatic costumes that really give a true oriental finish to the production.

The entire cast gave a great performance. Lise Lindstrom making her Royal Opera debut had a commanding stage presence as the Cruel, Icy Princess Turandot, who makes potential suitors answer a series of riddles, with the punishment for failure being execution. Marco Berti expertly plays Calaf, who against all warnings becomes smitten with Turandot. A special mention goes to Eri Nakamura for her fantastic depiction of Liú with terrific acting, vocals and a gentle yet commanding voice.

Viewers who have never seen this production in-house will still be very impressed with the quality in the DVD, there is the option of a selection of subtitles to display including English, French, Italian and Korean.
The filming was very good, with the camera alternating between the entire stage or zooming in on characters at appropriate times of the scene, allowing the viewer to choose where to keep their focus.

Behind the scene extras such as a cast gallery, an introduction by Antonio Pappano to the Opera as well as a short fittingly named ‘Behind the Masks video, giving an insight into the humorous characters of Ping, Pong and Pang as well as the small included booklet outlining the opera are really useful for any newcomers to this opera and viewers wanting more information.
For fans of operas filled with themes of love, honour, loss, death and some wry humour then Turandot is a must see, not only for regular Opera lovers but also for newcomers to Opera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 July 2014
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The guessing of riddles is part of folk/fairy tale tradition in a variety of cultures throughout the world. Sometimes it takes the form of guessing a name as in Tom Tit Tot (Suffolk) and Rumpelstiltskin (German). Failing to provide the correct answers usually carries with it the death penalty, as we have here in Turandot. Cold hearted Princess Turandot of China, who has no wish ever to wed due to the horror instilled in her by the rape of her ancestress Princess Lo-u-Ling some centuries ago, concocts impossible riddles for her suitors to answer with failure to do so carrying with it the death penalty. The role of Turandot is one of the most difficult operatic roles to portray. Overplay the hard, cold cruelty of the role and the actor is accused of lack of musical expression; underplay it and she is accused of portraying Turandot as too affable. My assessment is that, in this production, Lise Lindstrom gets the balance just about right and is a convincing Turandot.

This tale is also about a man who turns his back on a devoted woman in shape of Liu, who would have made him an ideal wife, for his on the spot infatuation for the cold beauty of Turandot. For me, Eri Nakamura in the role of Liu is the highlight of the whole performance. Not only is she excellent, the outfit she is wearing is an equally superb, attractively designed 'trouser suit' in the traditional style worn by Chinese women since between two and three thousand years ago. Her interpretation of the role through her singing and acting could hardly be bettered. For me, this character is the heroine of the whole piece. Hers is the true love that sacrifices itself that the one she loves might survive and enjoy life with the one he loves.
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