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The Making of "Turandot" at the Forbidden City (#2413)

Filmed over the course of two months, "The Making of 'Turandot' at the Forbidden City" offers an in-depth backstage view of a remarkable production of Puccini's Turandot. Featuring over 350 extras, dancers and acrobats, this collaboration between conductor Zubin Mehta and Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Red Sorghum) was staged in front of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Palace at the Forbidden City in Beijing. Also featured are cast members Sharon Sweet, Guiseppe Giacomini and Christina Gallardo-Domas. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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The Arts
Series Length
263 episodes
Average Episode Length
97 minutes
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