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Terrifying Intensity

Puccini's 'Turandot' -
reviewed by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... brimful of imagination ...'

Puccini: Turandot. Opera Australia. © 2006 Opus Arte

Poverty alone prevents my flight to Australia. Small matter that I have missed Her Majesty and the Commonwealth Games. Far more important is that fact that so distant a continent seems to have retained equal respect for operatic stage and pit long after we in Europe handed over the action to politics, pantomime or parsimony. Yet Puccini is alone to blame if Turandot would not be the first booking I made. His ever-lurking masochism is allowed to run riot in the torture and death of the slave girl Liù, and it is no wonder he took two years in vain contemplation how he might complete the work after her merciless despatch.

The death of Liù (Amanda Thane) in Act III of Puccini's 'Turandot', with Kenneth Collins (Calaf, left) and Donald Shanks (Timur). DVD screenshot © 2006 Opus Arte
The death of Liù (Amanda Thane) in Act III of Puccini's 'Turandot', with Kenneth Collins (Calaf, left) and Donald Shanks (Timur). DVD screenshot © 2006 Opus Arte

 

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Copyright © 3 May 2006 Robert Anderson, London UK

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