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Manon Lescaut - Live in HD (DVD) - Met Opera
Manon Lescaut (DVD)
Finnish soprano Karita Mattila gives a blazing performance in Puccini's passionate opera, opposite tenor Marcello Giordani. Met Music Director James Levine conducts this heartrending romance. Filmed in High Definition Widescreen.
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Region: Region Free, Worldwide
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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