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Ukrainian Ludmila Magomedova, who doubles the role of Turandot on this 3-month tour with Monika Chabros and Natalia Margarit, is an alumnus of Moscow's Bolshoi and the Berlin State Opera, and as imposing a Princess (the inflexions, understandably, somewhat Russianish) as one could ask for : forceful, though never tiresomely searing, she is neither a Birgit Nilsson nor a mere waxwork, but a significant voice and presence, and into the bargain a capable, indeed poignant, actress in the Act 3 garden wooing.

Ludmila Magomedova as Turandot in the 2001 Chisinau National Opera production of Puccini's 'Turandot'

 

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Copyright © 7 October 2001 Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK

 

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