At the Vienna State Opera, Claus Guth stages Puccini’s last opera as a chamber drama of timeless topicality – far removed from all pseudo-Chinese clichés and with shooting star Asmik Grigorian and audience favourite Jonas Kaufmann in the two leading roles. For Asmik Grigorian, the role is a debut and she succeeds “brilliantly. […] Her singing reveals a woman’s soul” (Die Presse) and captivates with “glistening high notes, the coldest cantilenas and deeply felt emotions” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). In contrast, the foreign prince appears less as a swashbuckling conqueror than as a sensitive companion who reaches out his hand to a woman struggling with her demons. The role of Calaf is also a stage debut for Jonas Kaufmann. He sings the famous “Nessun dorma” “with the greatest sensitivity” (Salzburger Nachrichten), “he is in his element in the top notes, his velvety timbre is convincing in every register”. (Der Standard). The Russian soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan portrays a touching Liù as an “enchantingly beautiful soprano” (Kronen Zeitung). Conductor Marco Armiliato “delights with the unleashed splendour of Puccini’s sound” (Falter).

Additional Info

  • No: A04050352
  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Orchestra: Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra
  • Artists: Asmik Grigorian, Jonas Kaufmann, Kristina Mkhitaryan, Choir from Wiener Staatsoper
  • Production year: 2023
  • Run time: 02:20:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Claus Guth
  • Producers: UNITEL, ORF, Wiener Staatsoper
  • Format: 4K
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