Turandot Trailer

Turandot Trailer (1994)

12 January 1994 Music 123 mins

Written 20 years after Madame Butterfly (1904), Puccini's version of an 800-year-old fairy-tale is set in a legendary Peking and scored on a grand scale, incorporating not only Chinese musical techniques but a vast range of oriental percussion. Puccini draws heavily on the chorus, and as ever makes intense demands on his heroine, to which Eva Marton rises powerfully, very well complemented by the tenor Michael Sylvester as Calaf. However, what makes this 1994 San Francisco Opera version so enchanting as a visual experience is the realisation by David Hockney, who not only designed the sets and costumes but also directed the production. His vision is highly stylised, richly imagined, atmospheric and very beautiful, and it is a testament to how well this version is directed that much of the original magic is communicated through the confines of a TV screen.

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Eva Marton

as Turandot

Donald Runnicles

as Conductor

Joseph Frank

as Emperor Altoum

Chester Patton

as Mandarin

Tim Lewis

as Prince of Persia

Victor Liu

as Executioner


David Hockney

David Hockney Production Design

Giacomo Puccini

Original Music Composer

Donald Runnicles

Donald Runnicles Music Director

Brian Large


International Releases Dates

United States 12 January 1994

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