February 2011

turandot redux

One last little bit of Turandot… A reader reminded me that I had discussed the tangled history of Turandot‘s completion during my talk, and that I mentioned that I would post both the complete Franco Alfano ending (usually referred to as Alfano I) and the finale that Puccini’s publisher, Ricordi, commissioned from the composer Luciano Berio in 2001. (Thanks, Jo!) First off, then, is Franco Alfano’s original and uncut ending for Turandot, with Josephine Barstow, Lando Bartolini, and the Scottish Opera Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of John Mauceri. And from the CD “Puccini Discoveries,” here’s Luciano Berio’s very different take on the final scene of the opera. In this recording,  the role of Calaf is sung by Bülent Bezdüz, Eva Urbanová sings Turandot, and Riccardo Chailly conducts the Orchestra e Coro di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.