The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Season 4, Episode 7

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

TV Episode  -   -  Music
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 26 users  
Reviews: 3 user

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(libretto), (libretto), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related Items

Search for "Manon Lescaut" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Manon Lescaut (29 Mar 1980)

Manon Lescaut (29 Mar 1980) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Metropolitan Opera Presents.
« Previous Episode | 14 of 55 Episodes | Next Episode »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Renata Scotto ...
...
Des Grieux
Pablo Elvira ...
Renato Capecchi ...
Philip Creech ...
Mario Bertolino ...
Isola Jones ...
Suzanne DerDerian ...
Madrigal Singer
Susan Ball ...
Madrigal Singer
Joyce Olson ...
Madrigal Singer
Janet Wagner ...
Madrigal Singer
Andrea Velis ...
Julien Robbins ...
John Carpenter ...
Russell Christopher ...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 March 1980 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Manon Lescaut (1976) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Who expects operas to be plausible?
3 March 2005 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

This 1980 film from the Met stars Renata Scotto, in splendid voice, in one of the few roles that she committed to film. Her performance is matched by that of the youthful Plácido Domingo, as Des Grieux. Other than that, I am afraid that there is not much to recommend it. Domingo filmed this opera again, three years later, opposite Kiri Te Kanawa but preferable to both those versions is the 1997 recording from La Scala. starring Maria Guleghina and José Cura, both in fine voice.

The 1997 film is in pin-sharp widescreen whereas this 1980 version is in fuzzy square vision. Also, the singers' voices sound distant, as though the recording was made with just a couple of microphones slung across the auditorium. To be fair, that's what live opera really sounds like but listeners to opera on film are used to the singers' voices being much more forward.

As I said in my review of Massenet's opera Manon, I only got as far as page 18 in the Abbé Prévost's novel Manon Lescaut because I made the mistake of trying to read it in French and I got bogged down in the imperfect subjunctives. I don't know how the story ends but Massenet's version has always struck me as more plausible. Puccini's music is beautiful and the first two acts are fine but the final two acts, with Manon being deported and dying of a fever in the American desert, are just plain silly. OK, OK, who expects opera to be plausible?


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Manon Lescaut (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?