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Survey results

 

In addition to the usual Jury ratings we also conduct a survey into whether Jury members want to see this production again, would buy or recommend the disc and how they feel it compares with “being there”.

 

Here are the main findings for “Turandot”.

 

"Would you like to see this production again, on TV or in  the cinema?"
65 % answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

"Will you add this DVD/Blu-Ray to your own collection?"
55 % answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

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Will you recommend this DVD/Blu-Ray to your family and friends?"
75% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

 

And finally,


"How does this HD experience compare with attending a live performance?"

A notable 75% answered "Significantly better, rather better or comparable.

 

Comparable: 20%

Rather better: 35%

Significantly better: 30%

 

NB: 55% of this Jury declared themselves to be “Very experienced” or “quite experienced” opera-goers.  

16/03/2013

 

 

Puccini

 

TURANDOT

 

 

DIRECTOR Graeme Murphy's production of Turandot dazzles, creating a bustling, brilliantly choreographed hive of activity that never detracts from the rather static plot.

Murphy's spectacular conception is so imaginative and well-conceived that it seems unlikely to ever look dated. In this Opera Australia production from the Melbourne Arts Centre, American soprano Susan Foster is an imposing Turandot, displaying stunning tonal purity and clarity of articulation, while the sheer power and strength of tenor Rosario La Spina's singing makes for an ardent, heroic portrayal of Calaf. As Liu, soprano Hyeseoung Kwon is exquisitely beautiful and deeply moving. The chorus impresses in both its bloodcurdling fortissimo outbursts and hushed sotto voce musings. Andrea Licato and the orchestra's stylish accompaniment realise the score's intriguing mix of sumptuous lyricism and astringent dissonance.

 

Jury comments:


“The choreography, chorus movements and set design were superb. As always, the music was stirring and delightful. Plus, everyone’s movements were very authentically Chinese. The tenor sang beautifully, despite being a bit wooden—unlike Timus his father, who moved me to tears with his farewell… All in all I found this performance quite thrilling.”

« Grande production avec des moyens remarquables. Réalisation minutieuse qui nous entraine dans le monde de Puccini au sommet de son art. L’interprétation est d’un excellent niveau notamment pour Liu (Hyeseoung Kwon) et le travail de mise en scène est exceptionnel. Bravo aux Australiens ! »

“This was my first taste of Turandot and I very much enjoyed it, although I found the plot rather simple and predictable. The characters were good, the music powerful and the voices wonderful.”

« Prestation extraordinaire, jeu de scène en parfait accord avec l’œuvre. Scénographie haute en couleurs. Un des meilleurs spectacles vu en Blu-Ray. One of the best Blu-Ray opera productions I have ever seen. Just play it again ! »    

Great staging in terms of the number of singers and dancers, the costumes, the interplay of flags and the choreography… I almost felt I was there, in China ! The voices were beautiful, and I particularly enjoyed those of Turandot and Liu… “

« J’ai beaucoup aimé cette mise en scène. C’est du grand spectacle de qualité avec le faste et le grandeur de l’opéra tel que je l’aime ! »    

“Fabulous, impressive, Larger than life… and very moving.”

« Spectacle grandiose, inoubliable (chants, danses, décor…) Liu est exceptionnelle (grande expérience, beaucoup de sensibilité). L’émotion est au rendez-vous. Orchestre et chef irréprochables. » 

Excellent production, and while the casting of the two main characters may not be ideal, their voices are more than a match for these challenging parts. Together with the spectacular staging and expert choreography, this has to be the best production of Turandot currently available on Blu-Ray.

« Production, images, mise en scène font de ce spectacle une rare qualité visuelle — c’est somptueux! Félicitations aux cadreurs, les gros plans, la fluidité des images apportent beaucoup.. Félicitations aussi aux costumiers, chanteurs, chœurs… et au ballet. Bravo ! »

 

 

 

 

Jury ratings:
Production, staging, lighting: A+

Singing / performance: A

HDVD production: A-

 

Overall ranking: A

 

 

 

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