In this new and much-anticipated complete opera recording from superstar Andrea Bocelli, the tenor assembles a fine cast to explore Puccini's last opera. Taking the lead role of Calaf – the unknown prince - Bocelli's powerful tenor tells a compelling story of riddles answered, triumph secured, honor displayed, and love deeply felt.
As Turandots go, this is an eminently likable and satisfying rendition. It is certainly a recording that is buoyed by the expert performances of the singers, all of whom are perfectly cast and who rise to the occasion to pull off Puccini's most difficult and most intoxicating opera.Of course, there is no opera without the ice princess herself, and I greatly enjoyed Montserrat Caballe's performance
At the heart of the action is a murderous guessing game: the Chinese Princess Turandot poses three puzzles to all applicants who stop for their hand. Who can not solve this, is made shorter by a head. Many noble candidates have already tried - and just as many have not survived. Even Prince Kalaf has fallen for the magic Turandots and faces the life-threatening task. But this time the cruel game takes a surprising turn and love triumphs.
The TURANDOT staging on this UHD Blu-ray was recorded in the amphitheater of Torre del Lago. The main characters are Rudy Park, Rebecca Lokar and Francesca Capelletti. Conductor of the orchestra is Jacopo Sipari di Pescasseroli.
Mention Giacomo Puccini's name and opera-lovers all over the world will think of grand opera and passionate love stories. One of the world's most famous arias comes from the composer's final opera, Turandot: "Nessun dorma" none shall sleep because by morning the Chinese princess is determined to have discovered the name of the unknown prince. The work is remarkable for its Chinese local colour, its opulent crowd scenes, its powerful choruses and its characters overwhelmed by their emotions. Enthusiastically acclaimed by its audiences, the present production combines spectacular and touching scenes on the Bregenz Festival's vast lakeside stage.
"This Grammy winner, one of the most successful versions of Puccini's final opera, offers Nilsson's first recording of the title character, and Bjoerling's last operatic portrayal on disc, including a heroic, for-the-ages "Nessun dorma". The extraordinary orchestration, befitting a story set in ancient China, benefits from the new DSD remastering."