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03 Apr 2007

Straddling Puccini’s China, From Smaller Roles to Large Spectacle

By ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 3 April 2007]

First-time operagoers and long-term fans are drawn to different aspects of opera. First-timers may be pulled in by the excitement of the event: the big music, the spectacle. And in these respects, the Metropolitan Opera’s “Turandot,” which returned on Friday night, certainly passes muster. Franco Zeffirelli’s production delivers a lot of bang (scenery, costumes, number of bodies on stage) for the buck, and in the hands of the ever-impressive conductor Fabio Luisi, the orchestra and the chorus sounded great. And Puccini’s music is pretty hot.

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