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