Starring a world-class cast including Jonas Kaufmann and Krist?ne Opolais, Puccini’s first triumph Manon Lescaut which played at Covent Garden stage for the first time in thirty years was recently filmed for Australian screens.
Latvian soprano Krist?ne Opolais sings the role of the hedonistic and impressionable Manon Lescaut. She was critically acclaimed as Madama Butterfly in 2011 in her Royal Opera debut and her interpretation of this very different Puccini heroine will be equally powerful. German tenor Jonas Kaufmann adds another new role to his repertory at Covent Garden singing her devoted lover Des Grieux, while British baritoneChristopher Maltman sings the role of her roguish and cynical brother Lescaut.
Puccini’s MANON LESCAUT is an absorbing and powerful retelling of Prevost’ famous novel and it made the young composer’s name. This striking new production, led by director Jonathan Kent, is from the same creative team behind The Royal Opera’s highly acclaimed and popular Tosca. Kent’s striking interpretation of this drama of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city will resonate with many of today’s audiences, and illustrate that Manon’s story is still relevant in our own times.
Puccini’s sumptuous, richly-coloured score is characterised by youthful vitality and filled with glorious melodies. The score includes some of Puccini’s most memorable arias, including Des Grieux’s ardent ‘Donna non vidi mai’ and Manon’s nostalgic ‘In quelle trine morbide’. Royal Opera House Music Director Antonio Pappano continues his exploration of Italian repertory at Covent Garden, conducting MANON LESCAUT for the first time for The Royal Opera.
Manon Lescaut will play at the following cinemas:
Melbourne: Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como: July 18, 19, 20 & 23
Belgrave: Cameo Cinemas: July 19, 20 & 23
Warragul: Warragul Cinema: July 19, 20 & 23
Sydney: Palace Verona and Palace Norton Street: July 18, 19, 20 & 23
Byron Bay: Palace Byron Bay: July 20 & 23
Canberra: Palace Electric Cinema: July 18, 19, 20 & 23
Brisbane: Palace Barracks: July 18, 19, 20 & 23
Adelaide: Palace Nova Eastend: July 18, 19, 20 & 23
Perth: Cinema Paradiso: July 19 & 20
Hobart: State Cinema: July 18 & 23
For information and tickets, go to www.palaceoperaandballet.com.
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