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Turandot: Metropolitan Opera (Nelsons) [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

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  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2011
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00507ZQNO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,207 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Lise Lindstrom and Frank Porretta star in Franco Zeffirelli's acclaimed production of Puccini's last opera at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 2010.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Malkyp on 13 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
I have just watched this sumptuous production on a dvd hired from Love Film and unlike the reviewers of the Blu-ray version found no problem with the synchronisation of the subtitles. It would seem that the problem has either been cured or only exists on the blu-ray version.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By john kemsey-bourne on 10 Mar. 2014
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I have now in possession interpretations of operas at The Met of Puccini, Richard Strauss and Wagner and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Norman on 16 Dec. 2013
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I chose this rating because my this DVD will make my hubby really happy, It was just what he wanted.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous 23 Nov. 2011
By William D. Larson - Published on
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No human endeavor is "perfect", this one included, and probably best, actually, that nothing here in this life is "perfect". ("So we all love the crooked straightness of a good walking stick." --Robert Frost) So let me dispense with the negatives first: Is this Zeffirelli production "over-the-top"? No, not at all: It would have to be toned down quite a bit in order to be accurately labeled that. One excruciating example: There are gymnasts doing Floor-X tumbling runs across the front of the stage at the beginning of Act I. (I kid you not.) Then at the very end of Act III, to my mind this scene BEGS to be presented as a grand tableau, a la the finale of "The Firebird" in the Fokine choreography, but instead we have here a lot of fussing-about with a lot of fan-waving. ("Fan-waving" would be a good subtitle for this production, in fact.) And the thing is, the conducting of Andris Nelsons is so breathtakingly magnificent (see below) that the music itself easily can carry the day and needs no "help" from the designer/director. 'Tis a pity. Samuel Ramey's developing wobble: Yes, it's there, but it does no permanent damage. The edge-of-harshness in Maria Guleghina's voice: It's there, too, but you know what, I wouldn't change it a bit, not a bit. Lastly for negatives, this is claimed to be filmed in HD, but it does not look like HD to me. Maybe I am wrong, of course, but that is my take on it.

Now the positives that make this performance "fabulous": Andris Nelsons, the conductor (making his Met debut): Amazing, utterly amazing. I said in reviewing his "Boheme" dvd that he is the greatest conductor of Puccini that I have ever heard, and I am standing by that assessment here. What a way with this music! One of the great joys of grand opera is, of course, the goose-bump moments, and he delivers them here in force. He has a glorious feel for tempos, for climaxes, and for phrasing. And you can tell that he is highly sympathetic to his singers, never forcing things. You really have to buy this DVD for the conducting alone--again, I kid you not. This Nelsons is magnificent, unquestionably, and I look forward to hearing a lot more from him. Back to Guleghina (Turandot): She has a rough-edged voice (here, at least) of high-tension steel, absolutely stunning for this role. Plus, SHE CAN ACT. (It's such an interesting contrast between her persuasive and understated acting and the character of the over-all production.) I love her in this, as she is. Marcello Giordani as Calaf: Here his voice is one of steel as well, but coated with burnished copper. Even before "Nessun dorma" in Act III he has already conquered with that great voice. I wouldn't change a thing about him either, despite the fact he is not a Jonas Kaufmann among tenors when it comes to acting. Plenty of goose bumps from both him and Guleghina. Marina Poplavskaya as Liu: Not steely like Guleghina, but Liu is not a steely-voiced role and she conquers in it. She has a voice of great purity and smoothness and beauty and is a queen of the legato line. She holds a candle to no one is this role. The Met chorus sings beautifully throughout and the Met orchestra shines. Well, let's face it: Nelsons is an inspirational leader.

Of Puccini's operas, this is my favorite, and it is done fabulously here, as said in the headline. Even if you are no big Puccini fan, but love great opera, do pay the ticket price for this DVD. It is thrilling.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
LOOOVE Turandot! 16 Oct. 2012
By Bunny - Published on
Format: DVD
I loved it when PBS played this on tv, and I wanted to own Turandot on DVD, but I could only find it on Amazon. I saw there was an older version of the opera, but this was the one I really wanted (since I saw 2010-2011ish production on tv). I love every second of this opera. Thank you, Amazon, for selling one of my favorite operas!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Zifferellis Turandot 19 Mar. 2013
By WALMAC - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I call this Zifferellis Turandot as apart from the excellent singing by all concerned the opulent and magnificent sets and staging made this opera a joy to watch.Perhaps the sets somehow had an effect upon the singers and dancers as everyone who participated rose to the occasion.When my wife and I watched this opera it was a cold winters day here in Johannesburg ,South Africa,and with our log fire and a glass of red wine in hand ,somehow ,everything about the opera seemed very special.A definite buy for any opera lover's collection.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Production - Outstanding Cast! 23 Oct. 2011
By Photonut - Published on
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Can't say enough about this DVD. The MET is always great - but they outdid themselves on this production. Franco Zeffirelli is a great producer with an eye for detail. Best money you will spend on Opera DVD's.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of our favorites 15 Oct. 2013
By Kate Holdsworth - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Love this production of Turandot. After seeing it twice as a public rebroadcast, we had to own it. Arrived in perfect condition and fast shipping.
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