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Henson Keys
Opera News, April 2016

PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Bregenz Festival, 2015) (NTSC) 731408
PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Bregenz Festival, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) 731504

…Andre Schuen, Taylan Reinhard, and Cosmin Ifrim—sing with wistful aplomb of their lives away from Peking, and they should be commended for their movement/dance skills.

…Conductor Paolo Carignani leads a stirring performance by the Wiener Symphoniker. The Prague Philharmonic Choir and Bregenz Festival Choir sing with precision and beauty from their offstage redoubt, avoiding the rain that sometimes pelted the very game performers onstage. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review




Christie Grimstad
ConcertoNet.com, December 2015

…[Guanqun Yu] plays her character with warmth, concern, passion and beautiful pitch. Set amidst strong string accompaniment, her buttery and impassioned “Tanto amore segreto” has fervor and pathos, yet nothing beyond. © 2015 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review




Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, December 2015

…impressively captured by video director Felix Breisach. An extremely well chosen cast includes standout performances from tenor Riccardo Massi as Calaf and soprano Guanqun Yu as Liù. © 2015 MusicWeb International




Lawrence D. Devoe, MD
Blu-rayDefinition.com, November 2015

The Ping/Pang/Pong trio provided the appropriate commedia dell’arte personas and experienced Crimean bass Ryssov was a sympathetic old Timur. …Carignani’s pacing is spot on and the all-important choruses make great contributions. © 2015 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review




Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, November 2015

Italian tenor Riccardo Massi, a Puccini specialist who knows the role well, excels as Prince Calaf. Quietly assured, the moustachioed Massi did a first-rate job displaying a bright and well focused tenor in Non piangere, Liù and giving a moving account of Nessun dorma. …Stealing the show as the slave girl Liù was Chinese soprano Guanqun Yu who received probably the loudest audience ovation. …[Yu’s] fluidly attractive voice in her aria Tu che di gel sei cinta was full of pathos and her suicide scene was most dramatic.

Under the direction of Paolo Carignani the playing of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra was excellent from start to finish together with impressive contributions from the choruses. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, November 2015

Riccardo Massi sings attractively as Calaf, with a very creditable ‘Nessun dorma’, …an enjoyable staging. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, September 2015

Very spectacular, full of terrific visual elements, the Bregenz Turandot is an opera show that is also musically rewarding. The cast is mainly excellent, and Paolo Carignani draws good singing and playing from the chorus and orchestra. © 2015 Pizzicato





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