Puccini’s swansong has a claim to being the last great popular opera. Its melodies have enchanted audiences since its posthumous premiere in 1926, two years after Puccini’s death. It involves a chilling story of love and cruelty, an intriguing cast of characters against the exotic backdrop of Imperial China, magnificent choruses and ensembles, and dazzling orchestration in an exotic score that comprises a string of remarkable arias - among which the great tenor aria "Nessun dorma" is the jewel. It is more than Puccini’s last opera: It is the last word, in every sense, on Italian opera.
You will recognize Puccini's melody immediately. Turandot is known for its enchanting and influential sound. It is also famous for being one of the last operas that was viewed as popular entertainment. And even now Puccini's melodious Turandot remains one of the most well-known tunes, and it continues to fill us with emotion. Smillie's study of this early 20th-century opera is thorough and endlessly interesting. This audio is made even more appealing by David Timson's energetic and heartfelt narration. You'll be moved and engaged.
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