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Bill White
Fanfare, July 2013

PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Opera Australia, 2012) OPOZ56034CD
PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Opera Australia, 2012) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) OPOZ56033BD

Past masters of operatic spectacle…have taken numerous opportunities to stage this popular work and several good ones have been caught on DVD as well, but none better than this Opera Australia production from Melbourne…

…there are lavish oriental costumes…there are impressive stage effects…but it is the marvelous coordinated movement of dancers, chorus, and principal singers, and the innovative colorful dancing that consistently catch the eye.

All the activity does slow long enough to tell the story, and the singers are strong as well. Opera Australia…gives us American dramatic soprano Susan Foster, who brings a bit more warmth and musicality to the ice princess than is usually heard. Foster provides plenty of heft to sing over Puccini’s often dense score…Rosario La Spina… turns in a strong vocal performance as the prince, Calaf, and is dramatically an asset as well for an opera company…Korean lyric soprano Hye Seoung Kwon tugs at our heartstrings in the role of the steadfast servant girl, Liù…The Opera Australia chorus is quite marvelous in this production; they are the real stars of the show, along with director Murphy, who should be given full credit for this delightful creation.

…Opera Australia’s production values are first-class with handsome booklets in both sets and subtitles in several languages… © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review





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