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Puccini’s Turandot comes courtesy of the Teatro Real in Madrid. I reviewed Robert Wilson’s production last year in Vilnius, so won’t dwell too long, but it is generally a success, with his trademarks of static performers punctuated by repeated and ritualistic gesture suiting the fable. It is certainly very beautiful to look at: but if you find the slo-mo style annoying, this probably won’t change your mind. Iréne Theorin’s Turandot has the notes, but is not exciting. She is not the first Turandot to be outshone by her Liù, here a pliant Yolanda Auyanet; and Gregory Kunde’s Calaf brings rare subtlety to the role, observing Wilson’s hand movements and poses to perfection. It must have taken hours. Nicola Luisotti conducts with style.

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