Placido Domingo conducts Puccini's romantic Manon Lescaut
to celebrate the return to the renovated Kennedy Center Opera
House. The breathtaking Chilean diva Veronic Villarroel, who
won raves as Puccini's Madama Butterfly and has a voice that
"can spin a tender phrase with poignant delicacy yet summon
floods of sumptuous sound when needed" (The New York Times),
is our tragic heroine.
Bound for a French convent, Manon Lescaut decides to run off
instead with the Chevalier des Grieux, an impoverished student.
After deserting him for a life of luxury with an elderly patron,
her feelings are rekindled when des Grieux reappears. But her
wealthy benefactor plots a revenge that sends foolish, frivolous
Manon to despair in a distant land. Filled with lush melodies,
passionate duets, and a host of famous arias, Manon Lescaut
gave Puccini his first important operatic success.
Tenor Franco Farina, with his "uncommonly sweet and poised
tone, with a ring for the high climaxes and an aristocratic
sense of phrase" (Opera Magazine), is the devoted but poverty-stricken Des Grieux who falls in love with the beautiful Manon.
William Parcher returns to portray Geronte, Manon's Parisian
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