Puccini: Turandot - Janku, Corelli, Novelli, Cesarini; Patanè. Verona, 1975


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Franco Corelli sang this performance just months before he would retire from the opera stage.   To hear his high b at the end of  "Nessum dorma" that decision seems perplexing.  He sings like a god.   He is joined by Hanna Janku as Turandot, a singer I had never heard of before.  She has a nice cool stealy quality to her voice that works well in this role, not to mention a great high c.   The sound is so so, but Corelli's brilliance manages to shine nonetheless.

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