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Turandot [DVD] [2011]

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  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2008
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AHKH3W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,593 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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At last the DVD I have waited so long for. 1983, Dimitrova was at the height of her substantial powers. This very traditional Verona Arena production has come up well on DVD, the sound far superior to the vhs version. At this time there were another two or three Turandots to see, so they would have you believe. Marton was excellent and she can be found from the Met or Vienna. Unfortunately Dimitrova was never filmed in the excellent Covent Garden production, they showed Gwyneth Jones but never released it on VHS or DVD...............
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!!
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Anyone that saw "Death of Self in the Morse series will know this arena. It is one of the best recordings I have seen of this opera. The character Liu is quite brilliantly sung. It has a sharp rendition of what is often over-presented. A must have!
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Ghena Dimitrova is superb as the icy princess in this fabulous production from Verona. She is supported by a more than capable cast and the sound and picture quality is very good for the period.
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.
Highly recommended
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At the moment there are two DVDs of Turandot to consider; (the Blu-ray version with Mehta is a huge disappointment, so do not fall into that Blu-ray trap), but the other two should be concerned as top notch.
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.
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This production is spectacular, the sinders are exceptional. Ghena Dimitrova is certainly the best Turandot ever, seems like the part was written especially for her. The staging and the cast are excellent.
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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I have had the VHS version since the 1980s and thought I would never find DVD version. Ghenna Dimitrova is the most powerful, cunning and iciest Turandot imaginable. All the cast were brilliant once one can overcome Luciano Paravarotti was not cast as Calaf.
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