CHAN 3086
'Eaglen is magnificent as Puccini's eponymous anti-heroine in a fine addition to the opera in English series...the beauty as well as the steady power of Eaglen's voice are caught in a way that has rarely been achieved in her recordings for the multinational record companies. What is so satisfying about Eaglen's performance is the total absence of strain in her singing even in the most taxing of passages above the stave.'
Lyric drama in three acts
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami & Renato Simoni
after Gozzi's dramatic fairy-tale
The Cast
Jane Eaglen, soprano (PMF Scholar) - Princess Turandot
Nicolai Gedda, tenor - The Emperor Altoum
Clive Bayley, bass (PMF Scholar) - Timur
Dennis O'Neill, tenor - Calaf
Mary Plazas, soprano (PMF Scholar) - Lił
Peter Sidhom, baritone - Ping
Mark Le Brocq, tenor - Pang/Prince of Persia
Peter Wedd, tenor (PMF Scholar) - Pong
Simon Bailey, baritone (PMF Scholar) - A Mandarin

Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
New London Children's Choir
Philharmonia Orchestra
David Parry - conductor

Recorded in Blackheath Halls, London 28 April- 3 May 2001

Producer - Brian Couzens, Sound engineer - Ralph Couzens, Assistant engineer - Christopher Brooke
The Guardian
'The glory of the new Chandos set is not just the spectacular, wide-ranging sound, bringing out details never heard before, but the singing of Jane Eaglen in the title role... As Calaf, Dennis O'Neill - who also appeared with Eaglen at Covent Garden - is strong and positive... Mary Plazas is a charming, tender Lił and Clive Bayley a superb Timur, while Nicolai Gedda takes on the cameo role of the ancient Emperor. David Parry, as in his previous recordings for this 'Opera in English' series, brings out the red-blooded thrust of the score, with the orchestral detail revealed as never before. This is a set that deserves to be taken seriously even by those who resist a performance in English.'