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Published on Feb 12, 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.
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 2013
What the press said: ''The massive sets, dramatic lighting, scene-setting oriental choreography and glorious costumes offer a sumptuous visual treat.'' The Daily Express
''The stage presence and immensely powerful voice of the American soprano Lise Lindstrom made the elusive Turandot the magnetic force that she needs to be.'' The Independent