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Turandot (1926)

“Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini

Premiere / date of written: 25 April 1926

The opera was unfinished at the time of Puccini's death in 1924 and was completed by Franco Alfano in 1926. The first performance was held at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on April 25, 1926 and conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

Libretti

# Language Authors
1 Italian Giuseppe Adami, Renato Simoni
2 German
3 English William Weaver
4 French
5 Russian

original libretto
line-by-line of the original libretto

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Audio recordings

Year Cast
Conductor,
Opera chorus and orchestra
Label,
Comment
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1957
Turandot — Maria Callas,
Calaf — Eugenio Fernandi,
Liù — Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,
Timur — Nicola Zaccaria
Tullio Serafin
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: EMI Classics Cat: 56307

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$7.53
1965

DM's pick

Turandot — Birgit Nilsson,
Calaf — Franco Corelli,
Liù — Renata Scotto,
Timur — Bonaldo Giaiotti
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Rome Opera House Orchestra, Rome Opera House Chorus
Audio CD: EMI Classics Cat: 077776932729

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$80.67
1972
Turandot — Joan Sutherland,
Calaf — Luciano Pavarotti,
Liù — Montserrat Caballé,
Timur — Nicolai Ghiaurov
Zubin Mehta
London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Wandsworth School Boys' Chorus
Audio CD: Decca Cat: 414274

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$18.02
1977
Turandot — Montserrat Caballé,
Calaf — José Carreras,
Liù — Mirella Freni,
Timur — Paul Plishka
Alain Lombard
Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Rhine Opera Chorus, Maitrise de la Cathedrale de Strasbourg
Audio CD: EMI Classics Cat: 65293

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$22.95
1981
Turandot — Katia Ricciarelli,
Calaf — Plácido Domingo,
Liù — Barbara Hendricks,
Timur — Ruggero Raimondi
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Vienna Sängerknaben
Audio CD: Deutsche Grammophon Cat: 423855

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$17.49

Video recordings

Year Cast
Conductor,
Opera chorus and orchestra,
Director
Label,
Comment
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1988

DM's pick

Turandot — Eva Marton,
Calaf — Plácido Domingo,
Liù — Leona Mitchell,
Timur — Paul Plishka
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
Franco Zeffirelli
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon Cat: 00440 073 0589

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$17.54
2009
Turandot — Maria Guleghina,,
Calaf — Marcello Giordani,
Liù — Marina Poplavskaya,
Timur — Samuel Ramey
Andris Nelsons
Metropolitan Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
Franco Zeffirelli
Decca

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$20.67

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