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Summer 2011
July 18
SPECIAL EVENT: Presented by the SCFS as part of the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse Showcase of the Performing Arts (SOPA)

still photos from 'The Turandot Project' The Turandot Project

USA, 2001, 85 min, documentary
Director: Allan Miller
In English, Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles

The Turandot Project chronicles the creation of the extraordinary production of Giacomo Puccini's opera, Turandot, beginning with performances in Florence, Italy, in 1997, and culminating the next year in spectacular outdoor presentations in the Forbidden City of Beijing.

The award winning Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (RAISE THE RED LANTERN) directed both productions, with internationally famous conductor Zubin Mehta.

The Turandot Project presents a glorious picture of the most ambitious production of Turandot ever staged, with its back-stage dramas, its enormous technical problems, its passions and politics, all enacted amid a complicated array of languages — Chinese, Italian, English, French and German.

"For opera lovers, Sinophiles and cinephiles, the film provides an abundant feast.  There are eye-dazzling sets, costumes, dancing and acrobatics, the fierce pride of place that informs all of Zhang’s work, and pictures of everyday Chinese life interpolated amongst an unflinching behind-the scenes look at the many facets of opera production. " — Lorin Wilkerson, in Oregon Music News.


»  The Turando Project Press Kit, including production notes, and synopsis of the opera, notes about Puccini.

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