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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
202-467-4600
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24 events
8 reviews
10 stars
Don't count on getting a taxi cab afterwards. They were giving priority pick-up to Uber & private cars. I would recommend the Foggy Bottom shuttle & taking the Metro if you can.
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JAG
31 events
19 reviews
15 stars
Avoid the garage at the KenCen at all costs: a rip-off. At the very least, park at the garage next door for $12. If you can't take the Metro to GW (and then the free shuttle to the KenCen), you can try parking on the street NEAR the Metro and then jumping on the bus. And then you can get a bite to eat before (or after).
New York City Ballet: 2 Programs
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Puccini's "Manon Lescaut"
50 ratings
4.2 average rating
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177 events
118 reviews
29 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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157 events
103 reviews
18 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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John
39 events
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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Quotes & Highlights

“[Racette] exceeds expectations with a rare blend of radiant singing and emotional truth.” —Houston Chronicle

Description

*Giacomo Puccini’s _Manon Lescaut

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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.