The Turandot Project
USA, 2001, 85 min, documentary
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.
Turando Project Press
Kit, including production notes, and synopsis of the opera, notes about Puccini.
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