Washington National Opera Presents Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Kennedy Center
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The last date listed for Puccini's Manon Lescaut was Saturday March 23, 2013 / 7:00pm.
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goldstar came through wih wonderful seats, rear of orchestra, but right in the middle, great sight lines. The staging was unimaginative, and on the whole nothing was bad, but nothing was thrilling. Ms Racette delivered the nuanced performance one expects from her, but others did not seem equally committed. Still, quite enjoyable.
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This was my first opera and I quite enjoyed it. The only issue was that the orchestra seemed too loud for some of the singers, otherwise it was an excellent show. There was also sub-titling so one could understand what was going on.
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“[Racette] exceeds expectations with a rare blend of radiant singing and emotional truth.” —Houston Chronicle
*Giacomo Puccini’s _Manon Lescaut
Libretto by Domenico Oliva and Luigi Illica
Manon Lescaut: Patricia Racette
Lescaut: Giorgio Caoduro
Chevalier des Grieux: Kamen Chanev
Geronte de Ravoir: Jake Gardner
Performance Timing: Acts I & II – 81 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Acts III & IV – 41 min. (2.5 hours total).
Sentenced by her parents to a life in the convent, Manon escapes to Paris with her young lover, the student Chevalier des Grieux. Lured away by the glamorous life offered by an elderly patron, Manon’s true feelings for her first love are rekindled when des Grieux suddenly reappears. But when she refuses to abandon her jewels, her wealthy benefactor plots a revenge that sends foolish, frivolous Manon to despair in a distant land.
Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.
About the Ticket Supplier: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world.