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The legendary Franco Corelli, world-renowned for his portrayal of Calaf, here stars in a magical
RAI television production of what many consider to be Puccini’s crowning achievement. Under
the creative direction of Mario Lanfranchi, this Turandot resonates with elements of Kabuki.
Corelli, at the peak of his vocal powers, finds his match in the fiery Turandot of Lucille Udovich.
Among her many credits, Udovich sang opposite Corelli in the noted 1954 revival of Spontini’s
Agnes di Hohenstaufen at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; she also sang the role of of Elettra in
the 1956 EMI studio recording of Mozart’s Idomeneo, under the direction of Sir John Pritchard.
With optional English, French, and German subtitles.
B&W, 115 minutes, 4:3, All regions
Opera in Three Acts
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
La Principessa Turandot - Lucille Udovich
Calaf - Franco Corelli
L’ Imperatore Altoum / The Emperor - Nino del Sole
Timur - Plinio Clabassi
Liù - Renata Mattioli
Ping - Mario Borriello
Pang - Mario Carlin
Pong - Renato Ercolani
Un mandarino - Teodoro Rovetta
Orchestra and Chorus of Radiotelevisione Italiana Milano
Fernando Previtali, conductor
Directed by Mario Lanfranchi
Originally Telecast December 23, 1958
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