Washington National Opera: Manon Lescaut
- Mar. 27 - Apr. 19, 2004
- Opera House
- 2 hrs. 25 min.
- $41.00 - $285.00
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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 protector.