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Broadcast: Turandot

Lise Lindstrom and Roberto Alagna (not pictured) head the cast of the Royal Opera House’s Turandot, to be webcast starting at 2:00 PM EDT. Parterrians, start your discussion!

  • MisterSnow

    I started watching this about 10 minutes ago. Interesting visually, and I liked the look that Turandot gave the unknown Prince (during the Prince of Persia’s execution) -- but where are they hiding the chorus?

    • MissShelved

      ONe has to wonder if it is the cost of stage rehearsals, the distrust of stage directors of a mob of singers, or whatever that is causing this trend of sets designed to plop the chorus in the bleachers, as it were. Tons of dancers and extras do all the storytelling (frankly even the jobbing soloists are sidelined to a great extent). If one assumes the production will be moving from site to site and falling into the hands of artists unknown, this is how a director maintains control — knowing only the ‘real’ actors (who are cheap enough to rehearse) will ever have to carry any weight.

      • Porgy Amor

        Well, if this particular production is a reflection of any trend, it is a trend from a long time ago. It was new in 1984, with Gwyneth Jones, the late Yoko Watanabe, Plácido Domingo, and Robert Lloyd. So it’s even a few years older than the Met’s Turandot.

        • MissShelved

          In any case, lovely to see the choreographer working with Ping, Pang & Pong — some original staging work!

  • Antikitschychick

    Am watching the broadcast too…what a beautifully sung “Signore Ascolta” by Aleksandra Kuzak! Brava. Alagna sounds very good as well; better than in Aida. The production thus far is striking without being too kitschy….I really like the hanging masks.

    • MisterSnow

      I agree about both singers. I also like the 3Ps a lot. I find their masks interesting. Although the entire production has a very authentic Asian look, these particular masks remind me of commedia dellarte masks.

      • Antikitschychick

        Yes! Definitely. I’m trying to find a full cast list of today’s performance on the ROH website but am not finding it…wanted to see who the 3Ps are.

        • MisterSnow

          They did a profile on them during the Act I intermission features. Ping is Polish (or some Eastern European), Pang is Brit, and the Pong is Asian.

          • Antikitschychick

            Oh ok. I’ll have to go back see that. I skipped some of the intermission features because they were really long, although I liked the backstage interviews. Those were fun.

        • manou

          ConductorDan EttingerPrincess TurandotLise LindstromCalafRoberto Alagna
          LiùAleksandra KurzakTimurBrindley SherrattPingLeon Košavi?PangSamuel SakkerPongDavid Junghoon KimEmperor AltoumRobin LeggateMandarinYuriy YurchukChorusRoyal Opera ChorusConcert MasterSergey LevitinOrchestraOrchestra of the Royal Opera House

          • Antikitschychick

            Grazie mile manou. The Ping is fantastic. Ettinger is doing a fine job too. It’s a very strong cast overall.

            • manou

              We were in the house on Saturday (same wonderful cast). It was a thrilling performance -- so glad it was broadcast this evening (and can be seen on replay for a month, too).

  • Ivy Lin

    Wow, a performance of Turandot where Ping Pang and Pong don’t annoy me.

  • Ivy Lin

    Lise Lindstrom has a wobble …

    • Susan Szbornak

      No. She doesn’t.

  • Elza Von Barabant

    oh dear, seems Ms Lindsrtom has developed quite a wobble and has managed to lose the icy bite in her voice that she had when i saw her in her first outing at the Met. Alagna actually sounds pretty good, way better than in the Manon Lescaut. did everyone happened to hear the mic flutter during the ping/pang/pong scene. whats the deal with the production why are we at the Globe theatre??

  • Antikitschychick

    I don’t hear a wobble…though she is making some strange curdled sounds in the lower register. She was clearing her throat a lot and seemed really tense. A shame. Once the aria ended she loosened up though and she looks great. The orchestra sounds fantastic.

  • Antikitschychick

    and she has a large voice with lots of squillo. I heard her live in this role at Florida Grand Opera several years ago. I’d love to hear her in another role. I do see she sings Elektra, Salome, Marie in Wozzek…

  • Antikitschychick

    The backstage host is fun

  • MisterSnow

    Liu’s death was great. I have not heard Kurzak for a while (since she did Gildas and such). Great role debut. Interesting bring back her funeral bier during the finale. Kind of a mood killer!
    The various dancers and mimes did a great job, but I feel sorry for the chorus. This is one of the great operas for the chorus and a lot of fun to do (I did it years ago at Opera Pacific). Well, at least the ROH saved a buttload of money on the costumes.

  • Antikitschychick

    finally a kiss that is sexy! :-)

    • MisterSnow

      Haven’t seen a kiss this intense since Peter Hoffman and Jeannine Altmeyer (Siegmund and Sieglinde) ended Act I of Die Walkure rolling on the ground (Boulez version). You definitely new that Siegfriend was conceived during the interval, and if the curtain had been any slower, we might have seen it.

      • Antikitschychick

        LOL is that on Youtube?

        • MisterSnow
          • Antikitschychick

            haha what a great clip! Too bad about the quality. Still very exciting though and yes there was definitely coitus involved during the interval lol when he tossed the sword and they began to embrace their affection seemed ecstatic in an almost childlike way…until he got on top of her lol. Thanks for sharing this. This reminds me that I am due for a Wagner binge…once I’m done with this godforsaken exam I’d like to watch all of his operas in the order they were composed and also read the book I bought.

  • Antikitschychick

    Every time I hear the ending of this opera I am amazed at how anyone can even sing it. It is a scream-fest. Lise is very good. I would have liked a bit more iciness from her in the beginning but she was otherwise really good. This was overall the best and hands down sexiest Turandot I have seen thus far. Bravi to all!

    • Ivy Lin

      Heh, Birgit Nilsson used to say singing Turandot was her vacation after singing Brunnhilde and Isolde.

      • Antikitschychick

        Well that’s Birgit Nelson. But for most other mere mortals, including tenors, it’s damn near impossible without looking pained and coming to grief at a certain point.

    • MisterSnow

      I was very impressed by Alagna’s endurance. Definitely in the Indian summer of his career.

  • Cicciabella

    So glad I caught this on replay. So far the best of the summer webcasts, together with the new Hamlet, even if it’s not a festival performance. Kurzak radiant, like the young Freni. Alagna fantastic vocally, with heaps of sex appeal. Fabulous direction of Ping, Pang and Pong, with singing to match. All their scenes were gripping. Turandot sounded sharp to me most of the time, but she delivered all the piercing high C’s, and she was totally convincing as the melting ice princess. Well done, ROH. What a show!

    • MisterSnow

      I was particularly impressed with Kurzak. Her voice has certainly grown since her coloratura days. I had not heard much of her “fach change” since her surprise debut as Rachel in La Juive. I see that she is doing all 4 heroines in Hoffmann in Munich later this month with Michael Spyres. Sounds very promising!