Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Met Opera - Manon Lescaut

Karita Mattila, soprano.
Ah! It's time to enjoy some opera again! Anyone else going to see Manon Lescaut? This show is 3 hours and 15 minutes long, so I'm planning on going to the Sunday 12 October 2pm show. See you there!

For more info: Met Opera - Manon Lescaut

If you don't want to click through, here's the blurb:

On the heels of her triumph in Jenofa, Finnish phenomenon Karita Mattila adds another landmark role to her Met repertory, the free-spirited beauty Manon Lescaut. The story of the magnetic attraction between two young lovers is the perfect vehicle for the soprano's exhilarating charisma, especially when matched by the ardent tenor of Marcello Giordani. Music Director James Levine conducts his first Met performance of the work since 1981.

And from Wikipedia...

Manon Lescaut is an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini. The story is based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost.

The libretto is in Italian. It was somehow cobbled together by five librettists whom Puccini employed (or went through): Ruggero Leoncavallo, Marco Praga, Giuseppe Giacosa, Domenico Oliva and Luigi Illica. The publisher, Giulio Ricordi, and the composer himself also contributed to the libretto. So confused was the authorship of the libretto that no one was credited on the title page of the original score.

The first performance of Manon Lescaut took place in the Teatro Regio in Turin in 1893. Manon Lescaut was Puccini's third opera and his first great success.

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1 comment:

Leta said...

WOW!! That was great!

The first act started slowly, but as the opera progressed you could feel Puccini was really getting into the swing of things.

As is usual for Met productions, the singers were world-class and a joy to hear and see. Not only can they sing, they can act too.

At the end of act four (the whole of act four is the death scene) both audiences - in the Met and in the Rialto - were spell-bound. Nobody talked or moved; not a whisper!