Turandot [DVD] 
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From the world famous Arena of Verona, an international cast perform one of Puccini's best loved operas. The cruel Princess Turandot, ruler of China, will only wed a prince who can answer correctly her three riddles. Those who fail are executed. Prince Calaf, son of the exiled king of Tartary, falls in love with Turandot as soon as he sets eyes on her, and despite the protestations of his friends and family sets out to pass her test.
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Good support from the rest of the cast and a fine Liu from Gasdia. Sadly Dimitrova is no longer with us and it is a shame we only have a small selection of what she achieved on stage. These days they turn up for the radio broadcast and the TV recording and cry off most of the other performances. She wasn't the greatest of actresses but for a full throated thrilling sound in repertoire she suited she was matchless. BUY IT!!
Played on a large screen with a multi speaker set-up, the size and atmosphere of the huge stage and sets of this magnificient production comes over very well, and as the evening draws in and the sky darkens this adds to the atmosphere and build up of the drama.
The one we are dealing with here is a DVD with Ghena Dimitrova in the title roll of Turandot, and the second DVD has Eva Marton in the role of Turandot (Metropolitan production/ Levine conducting).
A direct comparison between these two star's voices as Turandot is rewarding:
Even with the 'personalized' microphone extensively used to capture the sound of the Verona Arena, one could perceive how big and intense Ghena Dimitrova's voice actually is (when she begun to sing - I though for a second that she might be a latent Mezzo-Soprano, that's where her lower register is concern... I later went to the internet to look her up and was, not much surprised, that at the on-start of her vocal studies she was categorized as a Mezzo-Soprano).
And here lies the clove between Ghena Dimitrova, and Eva Marton: Eva Marton has very little substance to her voice at the lower register, so much so that to a degree it almost disappears (sunken-down for a duration of a phrase or two).
One should also observe that Ghena Dimitrova's lower register is "cut from a slightly different kind of cloth" than her mid-register and surly from her top register. Both singer's mid-register and top register is full throat with a lot of substance and "bloom" (Eva Marton's top register is more 'silvery' - while Ghena Dimitrova's sound more like a 'golden trumpet' and is pushed forward with lots of muscle.
Both are an excellent choice for Turandot.
The staging with the Verona Arena can hardly compete with the colorful Franco Zeffirelli Metropolitan opera staging.Read more ›
Also Martinucci is very impressive as Calaf.
Surely the DVD is worth watching and is a must for every Puccini and opera fan.
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A very production but could have been improved with English sub titlesPublished 11 months ago by Russell Warren