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Opera Explained: Puccini - Turandot (Smillie)

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XM 8157
Opera Explained: Puccini - Turandot (Smillie)
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ISBN: 9.7818437933e+012
Download Size: 64 Mb
Running Time: 01:18:54
Digital UPC: 9781843793267

Release Date: October 2004
Originally recorded in 2004
David Timson
Giacomo Puccini
David Timson
Spoken Word

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Opera Explained: Puccini - Turandot (Smillie)
David Timson
Read by David Timson

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. 

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