Turandot [DVD] [1998]

This disc contains a performance of Puccini's Turandot from Beijing's Forbidden City. The DVD contains a widescreen transfer that produces a picture with an aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English, French, Japanese, Italian, German, and Chinese soundtracks are rendered in PCM Stereo. Subtitles are also available in all six of these languages. Supplemental materials include a still photo gallery. Opera enthusiasts should seek out this disc.
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Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Turnadot"
  • PCM audio track with over 100 photographs from the production
  • Synopsis and subtitles in English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese
  • Different camera angles
  • 2.0 channel AC-3
  • Format 16:9
  • Annimated menus
  • Digitally mastered


This DVD preserves a very special production of Puccini's opera Turandot which was staged in Beijing's historic Forbidden City. Performed by the artists of Florence, Italy's Maggio Musicale Festival, this version was staged in cooperation with Chinese director Zhang Yimou, with the orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta and starring Giovanna Casolla, Sergej Larin and Barbara Frittoli. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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