Puccini: Turandot - Guleghina, Giordani

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Puccini: Turandot - Guleghina, Giordani

Guleghina · Giordani · Poplavskaya · Ramey · Metropolitan Opera Chorus · Metropolitan Opera Orchestra · Nelsons
Int. Release 04 Jul. 2011
1 Blu-ray Video
Blu-ray Disc 0440 074 3427 7 DH


Track List

Patricia Racette

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Turandot

Completed by Franco Alfano (1875-1954)

Act 1

Keith Miller, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Marina Poplavskaya, Marcello Giordani, Samuel Ramey, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

4.
2:38

Marcello Giordani, Marina Poplavskaya, Samuel Ramey, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Marcello Giordani, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Samuel Ramey, Marcello Giordani, Marina Poplavskaya, Sasha Semin, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Joshua Hopkins, Tony Stevenson, Eduardo Valdes, Marcello Giordani, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Joshua Hopkins, Tony Stevenson, Eduardo Valdes, Marcello Giordani, Samuel Ramey, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

10.
2:06

Marcello Giordani, Joshua Hopkins, Tony Stevenson, Eduardo Valdes, Samuel Ramey, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

11.
2:52

Marina Poplavskaya, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Marcello Giordani, Marina Poplavskaya, Samuel Ramey, Joshua Hopkins, Tony Stevenson, Eduardo Valdes, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Turandot

Completed by Franco Alfano (1875-1954)

Act 2

Joshua Hopkins, Tony Stevenson, Eduardo Valdes, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

15.
4:29

Joshua Hopkins, Tony Stevenson, Eduardo Valdes, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Charles Anthony, Marcello Giordani, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

19.
1:39

Keith Miller, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

20.
6:09

Maria Guleghina, Marcello Giordani, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Maria Guleghina, Marcello Giordani, Marina Poplavskaya, Keith Miller, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Maria Guleghina, Marcello Giordani, Keith Miller, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Maria Guleghina, Keith Miller, Marcello Giordani, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Marcello Giordani, Keith Miller, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Patricia Racette, Maria Guleghina, Marcello Giordani

Patricia Racette, Charles Anthony

Patricia Racette

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Turandot

Completed by Franco Alfano (1875-1954)

Act 3

Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

30.
2:55

Marcello Giordani, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Joshua Hopkins, Tony Stevenson, Eduardo Valdes, Marcello Giordani, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Linda Gelinas, Alexandra Gonzalez, Annemarie Lucania, Rachel Schuette, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Maria Guleghina, Joshua Hopkins, Marcello Giordani, Marina Poplavskaya, Samuel Ramey, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Marina Poplavskaya, Marcello Giordani, Samuel Ramey, Joshua Hopkins, Tony Stevenson, Eduardo Valdes, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Marcello Giordani, Maria Guleghina, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Maria Guleghina, Keith Miller, Marcello Giordani, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Maria Guleghina, Marcello Giordani, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Maria Guleghina, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Maria Guleghina, Marcello Giordani, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Total Playing Time: 2:08:26

Franco Zeffirelli's classic 1990s Met production . . . comes up remarkably fresh . . . Maria Guleghina's ice-princess is intensely feminine . . . she's equally unafraid of a melting mezza voce, and strikingly expressive throughout. Marina Poplavskaya sings a delicately restrained Liu . . . [Marcello Giordano]: it's a pleasure to hear such an idiomatic, Italianate voice. Giordano cuts a charismatic stage figure, and "Nessun dorma" stops the show . . . [Andris Nelsons] opens broadly, but develops decent dramatic momentum . . . The chorus is in fine form . . . What really makes this production is the vividness with which it's communicated, both in the exceptional high-definition picture and spacious sound. On DVD it's exciting; on Blu-ray . . . it's electrifying.

. . . [Maria Guleghina on the title role] maintains appropriately fiery commitment throughout and unleashes huge, ferocious tones . . . Marina Poplavskaya makes a properly affecting Liù, utilizing a lightened, pointed tone that emphasizes the slave girl's sweetness without becoming cloying . . . As Ping, Pang and Pong, Joshua Hopkins, Tony Stevenson and Eduardo Valdes blend well and display crack timing in their Act II scene, which involves some intricately choreographed blocking . . . Andris Nelsons made his Met debut with this revival, to deserved acclaim, delivering a thrilling account of Puccini's score.

The Liù of Marina Poplavskaya is outstanding. From her opening lines it's clear that she's the possessor of a warm lyric soprano handled with great sensitivity, and capable of being filed down to a floating thread of sound. She offers the best Liù I've seen or heard on DVD, and one that holds its own against the finest audio competition . . . Marcello Giordani's very bright timbre and powerful sound are definite attractions . . . As for Turandot, it's in more than capable hands of Maria Guleghina, who conveys both the ice queen and her tender heart in "In questa reggia," always with a firm grasp on character both physically and vocally . . . The Ping, Pang, and Pong of Joshua Hopkins, Tony Stevenson, and Eduardo Valdes are uniformly fine, smartly blocked, individually well sung, and becomingly balanced . . . Andris Nelsons conducts with both energy and great warmth . . . [an] extraordinary beauty of the production . . . the best Liù, fervent conducting, a very strong Turandot, excellent production values and acting . . . recommended.