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Playlist »Turandot«

Framed by the sonically spectacular studio recording under Zubin Mehta, this playlist is a journey through the Turandot history of the Vienna State Opera, beginning with the singers of the Vienna premiere, Lotte Lehmann and Jan Kiepura. The incredibly versatile Maria Cebotari, Helge Rosvaenge and Hilde Güden represent the Viennese Turandot performances of the post-war years at the Theater an der Wien. After Cebotari's untimely death, Gertrude Grob-Prandl was the Vienna Opera's most powerful-voiced Turandot before Birgit Nilsson triumphed in the 1961 new production, alongside Giuseppe di Stefano as Calaf and Leontyne Price as Liu. In the years that followed, the Birgit Nilsson / Franco Corelli duo was the absolute benchmark for this opera worldwide. Of the 1983 Vienna new production, Eva Marton in the title role is most remembered.  Aleksandra Kurzak as Liu stands for the last series of the opera in Vienna so far, Jonas Kaufmann's recording announces the premiere in December, in which he will sing the part of Calaf alongside Asmik Grigorian.

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