Turandot

 

Puccini Turandot opera to a libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. Directed 2015 by Marco Arturo Marelli at the Bregenz Festival. Stars Mlada Khudoley (Turandot), Riccardo Massi (Calaf), Guanqun Yu (Liù), Manuel von Senden (Altoum), Michail Ryssov (Timur), Andrè Schuen (Ping), Taylan Reinhard (Pang), Cosmin Ifrim (Pong), and Yasushi Hirano (Un mandarino). Paolo Carignani conducts the Wiener Symphoniker, the Prague Philharmonic Choir, and the Bregenz Festival Choir. Sets by Marco Arturo Marelli; costume design by Constance Hoffman; video design by Aron Kitzig; lighting design by Davy Cunningham; sound design by Gernot Gögele and Alwin Bösch; directed for TV by Felix Breisach. Released 2015, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Mark Pullinger, writing in the November 2015 Gramophone (page 92) knocks Khudoley as Turandot and praises Massi as Calaf. He seems to like the "fantasy Peking" created on the lakeside stage. This suggests to me that Pullinger saw the DVD and not the HDVD, where the HD picture will usually show the HT viewer more detail about the outdoor production than the viewer really wants to see.