23 Jun 2019

PUCCINI: Manon Lescaut

From Opera on Sunday, 6:00 pm on 23 June 2019

Sunday 23 June at 6.00pm on RNZ Concert

PUCCINI: Manon Lescaut

Dalibor Jenis

Dalibor Jenis Photo: Supplied

Manon Lescaut is too young to really know who she is. What she does know is that she’s beautiful. Heart-stoppingly beautiful. What she learns later is that her charms are a commodity that can be bought and sold like any other.

The young student Des Grieux is overtaken by love the moment he sees her, and indeed, Manon falls in love with him. But Manon loves other things too – attention, revelry, wealth.

One of the original anti-heroines, Manon makes one poor decision after another, leaving her an exploited, desolate woman. Yet, right up until the final note, she remains as mesmerising to us as she does to her haplessly devoted lover.

Performers:

Manon......................... Serena Farnocchia

Des Grieux.................. Kamen Chanev

Lescaut........................ Dalibor Jenis

Geronte........................ Pelham Andrews

Also featuring Bianca Andrew, Matteo Falcier, James Ioelu

Freemasons NZ Opera Chorus Auckland, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra/Giordano Bellincampi

Recorded in Auckland Town Hall by RNZ

Producer: Tim Dodd

Engineer: Adrian Hollay

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