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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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Parking is too expensive for this venue. Better - Metro and shuttle. even if you have to leave earlier since the Metro is so unreliable these days.
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The weather was getting cold! but the shuttle took care of that problem!. I wore dressy - not formal. Many people were dressed up festive etc. .
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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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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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“[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.