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Classical review: Turandot, Royal Opera House, London


What is it? Revival of 1984 production of Puccini’s last opera, directed by Andrei Serban, holds up magnificently. Current cast includes Lise Lindstrom in the title role and Marco Berti as her suitor, Calaf.

The Independent says: “The stage presence and immensely powerful voice of the American soprano Lise Lindstrom made the elusive Turandot the magnetic force that she needs to be ... Berti was roundly outshone by the impassioned Liu of Eri Nakamura, whose ‘Signore, ascolta’ broke hearts galore; and the delightful skittishness of Ping, Pang and Pong … But how about a production of Turandot that probes the characters and their relationships to make the drama live a little more?”

They say: Evening Standard: “Young Hungarian conductor Henrik Nanasi of the Komische Oper Berlin maintains a thrilling sense of propulsion and sweep of phrase ..... He’s undoubtedly a name to watch.”

You say: @elrick1: “The Liu in Turandot #ROHTurandot Eri Nakamura is a real star in the making”; @sameerahim: “Gorgeous music and spectacle though think it’s fair to call it a problem piece: all that conquering patriarchy”.

Details: Royal Opera House  London WC2 (roh.org.uk); until 10 March.