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At the Amsterdam Opera, Turandot disappears to be better reborn


REVIEW – Director Barrie Kosky and chef Lorenzo Viotti have imagined another end to Puccini's opera, giving him a very mysterious heroine. With a grand result.

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We know well what happened at the premiere: refusing the final scene composed by Franco Alfano, Toscanini laid his baton where death had prevented Puccini from completing his last work.

Since then, the end of Alfano has nevertheless imposed itself, and each time we hear it, we are struck by its weakness and its kitsch, spoiling one of the most radical and singular operas there is.

In defiance of all that Puccini had left as clues to his intentions.

We had therefore taken to dreaming that someone short-circuits the ugly graft and dares the end in fishtail, after the scene of the death of Liu.

Chef Lorenzo Viotti and director Barrie Kosky did it, at the Amsterdam Opera, and the result is… grandiose!

No final duo possible at Kosky because Princess Turandot simply does not exist.

And here is the second stroke of brilliance: she will remain invisible, reaching us only through her voice.

We have wondered so much how to bring these…

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Source: lefigaro

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