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Basia con fuoco, July 2019

PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Royal Opera House, 2013) (NTSC)) OA1132D
PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Royal Opera House, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7142D

The thirty-five year old production—which, after travelling half the world, returned to Covent Garden in 2013—has lost none of its beauty and still fascinates from start to finish. The performance, with its beautiful choreography, is a feast for the eyes: dazzling and colourful, with a very dominant colour red.

…At least to me, it is one of the most beautiful to watch. © 2019 Basia con fuoco Read complete review

Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, December 2014

This DVD is a marvellous example of how a modern approach to opera production can pay dividends without throwing overboard the composer’s original intentions and destroying the overall effect of a work. The production may be some thirty years old, but it comes up as fresh as paint. © 2014 MusicWeb International

Patrick Dillon
Opera News, November 2014

PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Royal Opera House, 2013) (NTSC) OA1132D
PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Royal Opera House, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7142D

Conductor Henrik Nánási merits…praise for a strongly outlined but singer-sensitive reading of the score…the young Hungarian clearly knows what he’s doing…Lise Lindstrom, making her Royal Opera debut in a role she’s clearly made her own…she compellingly limns Turandot’s vacillation between masked, hieratic ice goddess and flesh-and-blood woman. She’s well contrasted with Eri Nakamura, a winningly straightforward Liù with a basically lovely, silvery soprano… © 2014 Opera News Read complete review

Michael Scott Rohan
BBC Music Magazine, July 2014

PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Royal Opera House, 2013) (NTSC) OA1132D
PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Royal Opera House, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7142D

Lise Lindstrom is pretty much the ideal Ice Princess: her voice one of steely intensity. In the Riddle Scene she flutters over Calaf with vampiric sadism, yet also conveys Turandot’s uncertainty and misdirected emotions. Mario Berti as Calaf has a clarion voice and dignified presence, radiating a grim courage that suggests he is driven by humanity as well as passions. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine

Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, June 2014

The orchestra responds well and with enthusiasm to the conducting of Henrik Nánasi who brings out the many subtleties in the score.

The video production is excellent, enabling us to see everything of importance and avoiding distractions. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, April 2014

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, September 2014, Andrei Șerban’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. © 2014 Classical CD Choice

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