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Manon Lescaut (CD)

Item# 074644847420

Manon Lescaut (CD)
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Nina Rautio
Peter Dvorsky
Gino Quilico
Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
Ensemble: Coro del Teatro alla Scala

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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