Thoughts on Turandot
Oct 24, 2005 10:20 pm
I think that Turandot is the most musically interesting of Puccini’s operas. The rest can be too saccharine and sentimental, with the possible exception of Le Villi.
Le Villi is often regarded as an early work (Puccini’s first) and full of “mistakes.” I always found it to be a fascinating hybrid—Italian lyricism with a German Romantic Zauberoper and the form is pretty much unique in the history of opera. Instead of thinking of it as an early immature work, I like to think of it as a daring and experimental work. I only wish he had developed these ideas to their full potential rather than becoming the world’s most popular opera composer. Oh well, my lost is everyone’s gain…