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Manon Lescaut (CD) - Met Opera

Item# 1000001248


Manon Lescaut (CD)
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Release Date: September 14, 2004
Conductor: James Levine
Artists:

Mirella Freni
Luciano Pavarotti
Dwayne Croft
Giuseppe Taddei
Ramón Vargas
Cecilia Bartoli

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Decca

Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut

Few operas have surpassed Manon Lescaut (1893) in the depiction of the urgency of young love. The French tale of a beautiful young woman destroyed by her conflicting needs for love and luxury had already inspired Massenet’s Manon (1884), a relatively new and immensely popular work at the time of Manon Lescaut’s premiere. Puccini made the story his own and infused it with a new level of frank emotion and a flood of melody. The opera was his first great success, leading George Bernard Shaw to name him “the successor to Verdi.”

 

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