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Puccini: Turandot [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Eva Marton, Jose Carreras, Katia Ricciarelli, John-Paul Bogart
  • Format: CD, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004TWOXH6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,947 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the Vienna State Opera Arthaus presents a timeless document of great opera. Lorin Maazel and a dream cast of distinguished singers, among them the young Eva Marton and José Carreras in his mid-thirties, perform a celebrated staging of Puccinis Turandot. Puccinis last opera tells the story of the battle of the sexes against an exotic backdrop. The work tells the story of the beguilingly beautiful and cold yet seductive Chinese princess, Turandot. The opera is characterized by the tension it creates between the denial of love and secret affection, between self-sacrifi ce and obsession with sacrifi cial victims, and between cold cruelty and pure love. The performance was received with unanimous enthusiasm. Lorin Maazel scored a great personal success with audience and critics alike with passion, authority and brilliance in his conducting. The applause at the end of the performance lasted three-quarters of an hour and was directed not only at Maazel, but also at the team of wonderful singer-actors. The Hungarian soprano Eva Marton brought to the title role what one critic described as a voice of gleaming metal in which one senses the beautiful woman lying in wait to defeat her opponent but is also aware of her fears of man in general. Appearing alongside her as Calaf was José Carreras whose unprecedented intensity and priceless tenor voice were once again at the fore. Katia Ricciarelli was no less acclaimed in her role as the best of all possible Liùs.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By martin jones on 15 Dec. 2009
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Channel 4 broadcast this performance of Turandot on Christmas Day ten years or so ago. I was able to watch most of it in the kitchen whilst washing up after the family Christmas lunch. My immediate impressions were how striking the design and production were, and reservations about Eva Marton as Turandot.

I hope any readers will be grateful for the fact that this review is not based on that viewing, which took place under rather less than ideal conditions. I now own the DVD, and am pleased to find that my original Christmas Day impressions were correct.

Starting with Eva Marton: the plot assumes that Calaf (the hero) falls in love instantly with Turandot as soon as he sees her. Now I know that opera isn't like real life, and I shouldn't be too sexist, but the concept of a young(ish) man falling in love on sight with Ms Marton does strain belief a little. Although she was renowned for her portrayal of Turandot, she was over 50 when the recording was made and was, sadly, simply too old for the part.

Now for the good things. The acting is adequate (though a bit stiff at times) and the singing by all is good, especially the chorus. David Runnicles, the conductor, does a fine job in the pit. But the real glory of this production is the visual appearance: the sets, costumes, makeup and lighting.

It is not clear precisely how much David Hockney was involved in all of this. Certainly he designed the sets and I believe he had at the very least a large input into the costumes. Whoever was responsible, though, the visual appearance is stunning throughout. The audience applauded at the very beginning of the second act and I would imagine that this was their spontaneous approval of the spectacle that met their eyes.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An excellent staged version of Turandot 25 July 2013
By The Music Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This strikingly-staged production of Puccini's final opera, "Turandot" was filmed with the Vienna State Opera under the direction of Loren Maazal in 1983. Set on a spare stage with a single ascending staircase rising up to Turandot's chambers, and with sumptuous, impressionistic costuming, the production allows the audience to focus not on the sets or lighting, but the performances, which are uniformly excellent, and lend the production a stark, other-worldly feeling. Carreras is near his prime here, commanding and sure on his arias, while Katia Ricciarelli is radiant as Liu. Eva Marton is pure and powerful as the title princess, giving a weighty sense of grief to her character's fate. This DVD is worth watching just for their performances alone (and you can find a low-quality VHS transfer of this production on YouTube for preview). As the previous reviewer noted, there are no subtitles for the production, but this is typical of older productions - it's simplicity itself to print out your own libretto and follow alone if you don't know the story. Also, the filming and sound is not going to match current production values; but that said, this is still a stellar cast, with glorious performances and lush, potent direction by Maazal.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Mostly wonderful. 9 Aug. 2013
By Boz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Marton is wonderful. Carreras is very good. Ricciarelli is ok. The chorus and orchestra are very good. The costumes are fine. But the minimalist sets are dreadful. I dislike minimalist sets in any opera, but in Turandot, they are completely out of place. It should be the ancient city of Peking in all of it's splendor. Instead it is a bare staircase from a boiler factory. I recommend the Metropolitan Opera dvd, with Marton, Domingo, and Leona Mitchell. It has great singing and playing, great costumes, and wonderful, sumptuous sets.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Over the top production but fun to watch 28 April 2014
By MadMax - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this production in Vienna and it was stunning, and LOUD (the woman next to me kept covering her ears). I think it has the longest staircase EVER to be used on a stage. The singing is absolutely top notch; all the principals are superb. The Met production is lovely to look at but this Harold Prince production is also worth a look.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
this is a beautiful way to relive the experience at home 30 July 2014
By HelpfulReviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have ever experienced an outdoor Italian opera in Europe, this is a beautiful way to relive the experience at home!
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
No subtitles 30 Jun. 2013
By Angelbrowneyes - Published on Amazon.com
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This Puccini opera is actually one of my favorites. However I rented this one for view on my Panasonic Viera TV, which is where I watch all the movies that I buy or rent from Amazon. The peformance was in Italian, which is to be expected,however I was very disappointed that there were no english subtitles so my family lost interest because they did not understand it. It was not noted that there were no subtitles and that this video was not in english before I rented it. I wasted my money.
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