Zubin Mehta and Zhang Yimou - who, with three Oscar Nominations is China's
most internationally acclaimed director - joined
forces in this staging of Puccini's opera Turandot.
In a career covering almost forty years, Maestro Mehta has worked with the world's finest orchestras and opera houses, and has repeatedly been attracted to exceptional venues for productions-such as Fidelio at the Amphitheater at Caesarea in Israel and Tosca at the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome.
One of his most spectacular ambition became reality in 1998: Turandot in the Forbidden City of Beijing. Over 1000 participants - 350 alone from Florence - were involved in this production.
The staging was the undertaking of the best-known Chinese film director, Zhang Yimou, who was nominated for no less than three Oscars for his work in 'Ju Dou', 'Raise the Red Lantern' and 'Shanghai Serenad'e. He sees himself less as an interpreter of Puccini's intentions but rather as responsible for depicting the emotional language and antique traditions of his native country. Yimou also places great emphasis on the authenticity and artistic handicraft employed in the production of costumes and decor-of the connection between power and splendor.