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DV-OPTURSF - PUCCINI / BERIO: Turandot (Salzburg Festival, 2002) (PAL)
Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)
Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Stage Director: David Pountney
Picture Format: 16:9
PUCCINI'S SWAN SONG
Turandot has a unique place among Puccini's works because of its dramaturgical complexity, the intertwining of the exotic and the fairy-tale, of tragedy and comedy.
David Pountney's vision is based on the idea that with Turandot Puccini has taken up an artistic perspective of the 20s and 30s which has been described as fear of civilisation: the fear that the fatal combination of rapid technological progress, gradually spinning out of control, and inhuman political systems poses a fundamental threat to all human values.
This concept is immediately apparent from the stage set and the costumes; the people, the slaves and the controlling executives of the regime all wear grotesque masques and are equipped with terrible murder weapons; their movements are mechanical, robot-like, and they set huge cogwheels in motion and keep them going; this machinery represents an inhuman, rigid society and suggests a nightmarish atmosphere.
Turandot Gabriele Schnaut Kalaf Johan Botha Pong Steve Davislim,
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