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Turandot: English National Opera Guide 27

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The English National Opera Guides were originally conceived in partnership with the English National Opera and edited by Nicholas John, the ENO's dramaturg, who died tragically in an accident in the Alps. Most of the guides are devoted to a single opera, which is described in detail—with many articles that cover its history and information about the composer and his times. ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 1st 1984 by Oneworld Classics (first published 1926)
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Alexander Arsov
Giacomo Puccini


Calder, Paperback, 1984.

8vo. 112 pp. Illustrated. English National Opera (ENO) 27.

First published, 1984.


List of Illustrations

The Genesis of the Opera Mosco Carner
The Score Mosco Carner
Puccini's 'Turandot': A Fragment Jürgen Maehder
Carlo Gozzi's 'Turandot' and Its Transformation into Puccini's Libretto John Black
Memories of Performing 'Turandot' Eva Turner

'Turandot' libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
English literal translation by William Weaver

Act One
Premièring in 1926 (after the death of Puccini, who didn't complete the score), "Turandot" is the most recent opera to be a part of the standard operatic canon. Its music bears the grandeur and majesty of the late 1800s Italian opera, but with tinges of the complex modernity of Wagner, Strauss, and their ilk. A beautiful work, that absorbed Puccini in his final years. If there's something that unsettles the work (making it 4 1/2 stars musically, but only 3 stars narratively) is that the title ch ...more
Bought this as I wanted to get a copy of the Nessun Dorma music for my son ... whic took a bit of searching through the score to actually find it. I read the synopsis of the opera ... and wowo what a stroy. I gave it to my 18 year old son to read, and he came away stunned. What a greta stroy ... I am hanging out to see it for real now.
Abie Marshall
Great opera. Where the tenor aria, "Nessun Dorma" comes from.
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An Italian composer, son of Michele Puccini and fifth in a line of composers from Lucca. After studying music with his uncle, Fortunato Magi, and with the director of the Insituto Musicale Pacini, Carlo Angeloni, he started his career at the age of fourteen as an organist of St. Martino and St. Michele, Lucca, and at other local churches. However, a performance of Verdi's "Aida" at Pisa in 1876 ma ...more
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