Puccini: Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera

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Eva Marton, Diana Mitchell, Placido Domingo, Paul Plishka are featured with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Ballet and Chorus in this interpretation of Puccini's late opera.

Product Details

  • Actors: James Levine, Eva Marton, Plácido Domingo, Leona Mitchell, Hugues Cuénod
  • Directors: Kirk Browning
  • Writers: Carlo Gozzi, Giuseppe Adami, Renato Simoni
  • Producers: Samuel Paul
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM2 .0), Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (DTS 5.1), Unknown (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • ASIN: B000094HMU
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Customer Reviews

Perfect performance and DVD

210 people found this helpful.
 on August 8, 2003
By Mark
This is one of the best opera DVD’s I have ever seen. You could not ask for more. It was recorded during one of those MET nights where everything goes perfect.

Extraordinarily Exciting

92 people found this helpful.
 on February 12, 2007
By David Cady
I watch a lot of opera on DVD, and there’s usually some element of each performance that doesn’t quite match the others. Perhaps it’s a singer who isn’t on par with his or her cast members, or — more likely these days — the design and/or directorial “concept” is anachronistic and distracting. But there’s absolutely nothing — and I mean nothing — that doesn’t work about this Met “Turandot.” One can quibble perhaps with the scope of Zeffirelli’s production, but for once his obsession with size pays off. This is an Asian fairytale, and the design is appropriately fantastical. (I actually recommend that, if you get the chance, you see this production in the house, as it has to be experienced live to be believed.) And the VOICES!! I was leery about Marton and Mitchell, as I haven’t always loved their work in the past; but they’re brilliant. As is Mr. Domingo, whom I’ve always loved. To be honest, “Nessun Dorma” doesn’t quite explode the way it should, but I’ve rarely heard him in better voice. All in all, I cannot imagine a better “Turandot” on DVD.

I finally understand

48 people found this helpful.
 on April 4, 2006
By Bob Beilstein
I’ve seen Turandot performed live, the latest by the Kirov Opera at the Kennedy Center, and I’ve watched videos, but this is the very first Turandot where the majesty of the music matched what I was seeing on stage, and where I was able to really understand how Turandot came to her final acceptance of the love she feels for Calaf.

a very good performance

78 people found this helpful.
 on June 13, 2000
By Ray Barnes
I wish to thank the two prior reviewers of this recording for confirming its provenance as the Levine set done at the Met for Deutsche Grammophon. I have not purchased the VHS version but the Laserdisc, and that format is effective too. As I recall, the Liu of this recording (as I recall, Barbara Hendricks) is the same one as in the Karajan studio recording, and she acquits herself very well on both of them. The rest of the cast generally is very fine, and special marks go to the chorus. The ascent of the moon in Act I, when yet another unsuccessful suitor meets his dark fate, is very moving, particularly aided by the stage sets and original costuming.

A must see and listen

28 people found this helpful.
 on October 20, 2006
Leona Mitchell is one of the very few `Sopranos’ able to drive the message home, particularly in this recording.

Best Turandot available!

22 people found this helpful.
 on August 3, 2001
By operamaryc
This video is in my top 5 favorites because of the production which is the very best the Met has to offer. Even better than Aida! Zefferilli is the master and the dream cast is almost perfect. The roles are highly demanding vocally as the tessitura is very high. I think the sets and costumes are unequaled in any other opera available on video. A friend of mine who has seen almost all of the Met productions in the last 10 years has confirmed this as the best. I am looking forward to LA Opera’s version to be performed in 2002 with a new ending being written for a premier here. I’m not unhappy with the existing one, but something new and different, if good, is also welcome. Mitchell is a triumph as Liu (the audience goes nuts); Marton works very hard, manages vocally and dramatically to exceed performances than almost anyone else in this role (its a voice-killer!); Paul Plishka as Timur was excellent as was the chorus and orchestra under the baton of Levine. Domingo looks totally wonderful and except for one little crack in his voice when his fortisimo was over the limits of the voice, also almost perfect. Domingo slighted his support at the end of Nessun Dorma and ran out of breath but covered it quite masterly. If they would have allowed him to move closer to the audience, doubt if he would have made this fluff. Who cares! He looked quite good in that soft teal leather! Not to nitpick! If you could only buy ONE opera video or thinking of a first purchase of an opera video – make it this one! You’ll watch it over and over again – and it has a happy ending!! I bought the VHS when issued and later it was the my first LD. Truly Grand Opera! Highly recommended!!!

Masterpiece in magnificent performance

13 people found this helpful.
 on May 17, 2004
By Mrs. Sunar Tjahjono
I have seen other version of performances of this masterpiece opera by Puccini. I was not so impressed before and has been thinking that Puccini is not my appetite therefore not so enjoyable as other composers like Mozart or Verdi or Rossini. However, after having seen this version performed by the Met with such superb and wellknown singers, I realized that this music is as beautiful and enjoyable as other operas and shall be regarded as one of the masterpieces of operas.

Hope, Blood, and TURANDOT!

13 people found this helpful.
 on November 6, 2005
By L. Stillwater
1. Hope…I hope you will buy this dvd. One of the best opera that I have seen on DVD.

Superb performance and staging!

19 people found this helpful.
 on November 2, 1999
By Santiago de Francisco Caballero (colmot24@colomsat.net.co)
An excellent work. Mr. Levine is faithfull to G. Puccini’s musical drama and the singers convey the tragic and emotional moments of the plot with full force. The voice of Eva Marton is outstandingly apt for the role of Turandot. Beautiful costumes. Franco Zeffirelli’s coreography, as usual, leaves nothing to be desired.

Its Great Opera

18 people found this helpful.
 on October 25, 2004
By Spinto
Well, this is a very large turandot. The sets are lavish and the stage action is evocative of chinese new year. The costumes appear to be, almost incredibly, detailed!

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