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Puccini's Manon Lescaut Reviews

The Kennedy Center - Opera House (Washington, DC)

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49 ratings
4.2 average rating
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98 reviews
17 stars
attended Mar 08 2013

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...continued

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88 reviews
25 stars
attended Mar 08 2013

I am surprised and sorry to say that the performance was boring. Left at the end of the second intermission.

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Claudia Red Velvet
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17 reviews
3 stars
attended Mar 05 2013

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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3 reviews
2 stars
attended Mar 11 2013

Voices beautiful - scenery not so much - in fact a little tacky - you could see back stage movement in the huge mirrors and it was distracting - still a lovely evening at the opera!

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1 review
2 stars
attended Mar 08 2013

This was my first opera experience and it was fantastic! The Kennedy Center is such a beautiful place with a rich history truly a Washington D.C. landmark. I look forward in returning over and over again.

Jeff M. .
Washington D.C.

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33 reviews
1 stars
attended Mar 08 2013

Lovely event!! The opera stirs the emotions with wonderful costumes and powerful singing!!

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23 reviews
22 stars
attended Mar 05 2013

This was a very enjoyable opera and the performances were top notch. It is not full of famous arias, not a show-stopper and had traditional sets and staging, did not recognize any of the music. But a very impressive cast and some wonderful...continued

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15 reviews
4 stars
attended Mar 11 2013

Manon Lescaut was truly well-done. The singing was great and the acting was great.

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15 reviews
3 stars
attended Mar 08 2013

Puccini's first opera, well done, but the music had not yet reached his peak. The performers were excellent and overall a fun evening.

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13 reviews
12 stars
attended Mar 05 2013

The music was beautiful and much of the singing excellent. Stage sets are interesting and costumes lovely.

I would recommend it.

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12 reviews
31 stars
attended Mar 17 2013

Excellent production! Beautiful sets! A disjointed story held together with much creativity. Patricia Racette excelled as usual.

My favorite part was the after show discussion with the conductor and stars. One opera goer of many years...continued

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7 reviews
9 stars
attended Mar 05 2013

Excellent performances. Both leads sang with passion and fervor. The set was more pared down than other productions of M.L. I've seen but served the story well. Not my favorite Puccini opera from a music standpoint but well-worth seeing. ...continued

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7 reviews
7 stars
attended Mar 11 2013

Strong singing by lead singers. Last stage set wasn't appropriate for the mood of the drama.

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6 reviews
4 stars
attended Mar 11 2013

Pretty good performance! The DC Opera is definitely not the Met but they put on a good show. The sets were great for the first few acts, I didn't care for the last one though.

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5 reviews
1 stars
attended Mar 11 2013

Patricia Racette is well on the way to making Manon her own. I wish I could say that about the rest of the cast. The poor Des Grieux, a substitute for the original tenor, was simply not in her league, though he did get better as the evening went...continued

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5 reviews
2 stars
attended Mar 20 2013

This was not one of the best operas I have seen. The 3rd Act seemed too slow and there were several parts that seemed too long and sort of out of place.

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4 reviews
13 stars
attended Mar 14 2013

Enjoyed the performance. However I was a little disappointed in my seat, which was way over to the side. I think there were better seats available for a single. I had requested it rather early on and was supposed to get "Red Velvet"...continued

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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Mar 05 2013

Amazing opera; wonderful performers and sets. I thought some of the transitions between songs were awkward, but on the whole, it was fantastic. Tickets were great, seats were 6 rows back from the orchestra.

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2 reviews
1 stars
attended Mar 11 2013

Artists were superb, as were the orchestra, costumes, and set. A really splendid traditional opera experience

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