The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Season 4, Episode 7

Manon Lescaut (29 Mar. 1980)
"Live from the Metropolitan Opera" Manon Lescaut (original title)

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The Chevalier des Grieux meets and seduces the young Manon when she is being escorted by her brother to a convent. Manon lives with des Grieux in Paris, but leaves him for a rich admirer. ... See full summary »

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Renata Scotto ...
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Des Grieux
Pablo Elvira ...
Renato Capecchi ...
Philip Creech ...
Mario Bertolino ...
Isola Jones ...
Suzanne DerDerian ...
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Susan Ball ...
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Joyce Olson ...
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Janet Wagner ...
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Andrea Velis ...
Julien Robbins ...
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The Chevalier des Grieux meets and seduces the young Manon when she is being escorted by her brother to a convent. Manon lives with des Grieux in Paris, but leaves him for a rich admirer. She is later arrested, charged with prostitution, and deported to Louisiana. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Exquisite
3 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't know which Manon Lescaut I prefer over this Met production and the 1983 Covent Garden one because they are both so wonderful to watch. Manon Lescaut is not my favourite Puccini opera, I much prefer Tosca and La Boheme for characters and story, but the duet and Intermezzo especially are two of the most beautiful pieces of music Puccini ever wrote and Act 4 is just heart-breaking.

This production is exquisite, beautifully produced costumes, sets and staging wise and the photography and sound are equally great. The orchestra's playing is suitably sensitive and full of feeling while James Levine's conducting is outstanding.

The singing and acting is really very well done. Both Renata Scotto and a suitably youthful Placido Domingo are in splendid voice and both demonstrate how wonderful their acting is with aplomb. Their chemistry is a major reason alongside the music why the last act touches me as much as it does, Scotto's Sola Perduta Abbandonata especially is absolutely devastating. The rest of the cast do very well, in particular Pablo Elvira but it is the two leads who positively dominate.

All in all, exquisite helped by the wonderful music and the two leads. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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