Massenet: Manon

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This DVD introduces a production by Gilbert Deflo, which had its first performance at the Bastille opera in Paris in June 1997, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos. It was an unforgettable experience thanks to the splendid historical costumes by William Orlando, the minimal décor, the sophisticated lighting as well as the musical excellence of the performers. It was also due to the charisma of Renée Fleming; she confessed in an interview, "I think Manon is my favorite role. I love French music, it is so elegant and delicate stylistically. It has both dramatic and lyrical elements." Marcelo Alvarez was brilliant in the role of the Chevalier des Grieux, and among the other artists were Jean-Luc Chaignaud as Lescaut, Alain Vernhes as the Comte des Grieux, Michel Sénéchal as Guillot de Morfontaine and the choir and orchestra of l'Opéra de Paris.

For the most part her gorgeous, full sound is ideal for the character, and she encompasses every note of the range, including the big, spot-on high-Ds in the Cours de la Reine and Gambling scenes. Her soft singing is meltingly beautiful.

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DVD Info

Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Alliance
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
Run Time: 164 minutes