By David Salazar
Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera
PBS has announced that it will start broadcasting Puccini’s “Turandot” as part of its Great Performances at the Met series.
The showcase premieres on Sept. 4, 2022 at 12 p.m. on THIRTEEN.
The opera starred Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role alongside Yonghoon Lee, Ermonela Jaho, and Ferruccio Furlanetto. Marco Armiliato conducted the performance and Nadine Sierra hosted the broadcast.
Of the second performance of the run, OperaWire’s review lauded Ermonela Jaho’s performance in particular, noting that the soprano “was the shining light of this particular production.” Regarding Monastyrska’s performance, the reviewed added, “Monastyrska’s best moment came in the opera’s final act, where her desire for a more subdued approach was corresponded by the music itself. She luxuriated in her soothing legato throughout the final duet and you could actually feel the tenderness emerge between her and Yonghoon Lee’s Calaf. And at the climax of the opera, instead of a boisterous proclamation, she imbued ‘E il suo nome e Amor’ with a piano sound that crescendoed gloriously into the ensuing orchestral outburst.”
The review ultimately concluded that “the artists onstage were in fine form and Ermonela Jaho alone warrants a trip to the Met for this revival.”