Puccini Turandot opera to a libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. Directed 2018 by Stefano Poda at the Teatro Regio Torino. Stars Rebeka Lokar (Turandot), Jorge de León (Calaf), Erika Grimaldi (Liù), In-Sung Sim (Timur), Antonello Ceron (The Emperor Altoum), Marco Filippo Romano (Ping, Lord Chancellor), Luca Casalin (Pang, Majordomo), Mikeldi Atxalandabaso (Pong, Head Chef of the Imperial Kitchen), Roberto Abbondanza (A Mandarin), Joshua Sanders (The Prince of Persia), Sabrina Amè (First Handmaid), Manuela Giacomini (Second Handmaid), and Nicoletta Cabassi (Pu-Tin-Pao). Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino (Chorus Master Claudio Fenoglio). Sets, costumes, choreography, and lighting by Stefano Poda; collaborator director and assistant was Paolo Giani Cei. Released 2018, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio surround sound. (Information here is preliminary and needs to be confirmed.) Grade: NA

The instant we saw this front cover and the official opera house trailer below, we knew this was from the same forces that brought us our much-admired Thaïs. We recently called this Thaïs a "tour de force of design by Stefano Poda, which remains one of most visually spectacular opera HDVDs ever made." Well, now Poda, Noseda, and Torino have come up with a Turandot which might well be the absolutely most extravagant display ever of slick design, surreal props, stark dramatic effects, and hyper-sexual choreography topped off with a haute couture fashion show. Now all would agree, we think, that Turandot is a stronger musical work than Thaïs (even though Turando had to be finished by another composer after Puccini's death). So if the singing, acting, and orchestra performance are solid, subject title may turn out to be a huge success even considering the many other versions we already have of Turandot in HDVD. This is on our buy list for sure!

Here is an official trailer from the Teatro Regio Torino. We can't promise the show recorded on the disc is exactly the same as what you see in the trailer, but the trailer tells you all you need to know:

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