Zubin’s Valencia farewell? Recording Turandot with Andrea Bocelli

Zubin’s Valencia farewell? Recording Turandot with Andrea Bocelli


norman lebrecht

June 29, 2014

Hours after he announced that he was quitting Valencia because government cuts had provincialised it, Zubin Mehta let it be known that his parting gift would be a Turandot recording with the pop tenor, Andrea Bocelli.






h/t: Dianne Winsor 


  • Stephen says:

    Some “parting gift”. More like a kick in the pants.

  • sdReader says:

    Let’s hope it is better than his unimaginative Decca set from 1972, grossly overrated by the much-too-influential British critics, and oversold, despite the good work of Caballé and Pavarotti.

    Turandot needs a strong, strong conductor … like Karajan!

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Recording a great opera with a non classical singer in a leading role? I don’t get it.

    • anonymus says:

      What’s there not to get. Bocelli sells better than a “pure” classical singer.

    • To hell with Pavarotti says:

      Strange some nonsensical people keep saying Bocelli is not ‘classical’. Just because he’s exposed to pop does not mean that it devalues him in any way. On the contrary, he is perhaps a better musician than Pavarotti, whose voice is so creepy small and feminine at times.

      Determine ‘classical’ for peace’s sake!

  • Anne says:

    How many customers for this wretched recording would play it from start to finish more than once anyway?