Domingo, TeKanawa, Puccini- a perfect musical match
I saw this Covent Garden production of Manon Lescaut for four primary reasons. One is my love of opera. Secondly, Placido Domingo is one of my all-time favourite singers. Thirdly, I love Puccini and his operas and the duet and intermezzo are two of his best and most beautiful pieces of music in my opinion. And finally, I am very fond of Kiri TeKanawa.
I am also receptive to the Met production with Renata Scotto in the title role. Comparing the two Manons, if I must, I think Scotto has the stronger acting ability, don't get me wrong TeKanawa's acting is very impressive but Scotto's acting is so good she becomes the character she plays, however TeKanawa's singing which is often very musical, intelligent and angelic appeals to me just a tad more. Speaking of TeKanawa, she is wonderful in this production and her acting in the final act brings tears to my eyes.
She has the perfect match with Placido Domingo, who himself is an outstanding singing actor and here is no exception. He is more dashing and perhaps more youthful in the Met production, but when he is this good in his acting and presence it doesn't matter.
The conducting and orchestra are spot on, and the costumes, photography and sets are absolutely beautiful. All in all, a perfect musical match. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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