Puccini - Manon Lescaut (DVD)
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Cat No: 88875105199
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th October 2015
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
In June 2014, London’s Royal Opera House presented Jonathan Kent’s new production of Manon Lescaut. With a stellar cast, including Kristīne Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann in the roles of the young lovers Manon Lescaut and Chevalier des Grieux, Jonathan Kent brings this 19th century classic to a 2014 setting, both non-naturalistic and theatrical. Supporting the action on stage is the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with their venerable Music Director Antonio Pappano.
The Manon Lescaut DVD/Blu-ray includes Bonus video features, such as interviews with main protagonists and conductor, rehearsal footage, and more.
“From the moment Kaufmann and Opolais embark – with infinite delicacy - on their emotional journey, it becomes clear that this is a vocal marriage made in heaven. His warmly burnished sound is balanced by the exquisitely-nuanced purity of hers, and they are supported by a performance in the pit, under Antonio Pappano, of rare refinement.” - The Independent
“Exhibiting qualities from each of the Three Tenors — Pavarotti's gleaming tone, Carreras's good looks, Domingo's dramatic presence — Jonas Kaufmann is justifiably lauded as the outstanding tenor of our day. In Jonathan Kent's new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut he delivers a thrilling performance that satisfies both musically and theatrically.” - London Evening Standard
“Antonio Pappano has few peers today as a Puccini conductor, and gives the score a tremendous sense of vivid theatricality” - The Guardian
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