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Gregory Kunde, Nicola Luisotti, Orchestra of the Teatro Real Madrid, Robert Wilson
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Puccini: Turandot - Bluray Video
Iréne Theorin (soprano) (Turandot), Gregory Kunde (tenor) (Calaf), Yolanda Auyanet (soprano) (Liù), Andrea Mastroni (bass) (Timur), Teatro Real (opera company)
Giacomo Puccini wrote what was supposed to be his last opera at a time where, riddled with disease and old age as he was, he felt like his own turmoil was reflected in the outside world: itself staggering, unsteady, overwhelmed and smashed by the chaos of European diplomacy. In spite of these obstacles, he persevered and worked until the very end of his life on this opera that he left unfinished but that proved to be a “way out” for him in many ways. Drawn from an ancient Persian epic from the 13th century, Turandot was indeed an excuse to escape into a new dramatic universe, one made of unexpected sounds and symbols. Here, in a world removed both geographically and chronologically from his own reality, he gave into the seductive powers of exoticism and eroticism, just as his own heroin Princess Turandot abandons herself to the mysteries of love and forgiveness. After twenty years of absence, Puccini’s Turandot was revived on the stage of the Teatro Real in a new production by American stage director Robert Wilson.