Puccini's Manon Lescaut

Guy Montavon (stage director), Pinchas Steinberg (conductor) — With Anna Netrebko (Manon Lescaut), Claudio Sgura (Lescaut), Yusif Eyvazov (Des Grieux)...

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Guy Montavon — Stage director, lighting designer

Hank Irwin Kittel — Stage design

Christopher Kempf — Costume designer

Anna Netrebko — Manon Lescaut

Claudio Sgura — Lescaut

Yusif Eyvazov — Des Grieux

Alessandro Spina — Geronte di Ravoir

Luís Gomes — Edmond

Rémy Mathieu — Dance master / Lamplighter

Loriana Castellano — Singer

Choir of the Monte Carlo Opera — Choir

Stefano Visconti — Chorus director

Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra — Orchestra

Pinchas Steinberg — Conductor

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Feast your eyes and ears on this stunning new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut from the Monte-Carlo Opera, with the excellent Pinchas Steinberg leading the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra—and fabulous prima donna Anna Netrebko in the title role!

Puccini's first operatic masterpiece, which restages the novel of the same name by the Abbé Prévost, premiered just a few years after the resounding success of Massenet's Manon. Enraptured by the idea of adapting the novel and undeterred by the discouraging remarks of some doubters, the composer never gave an inch in defending his decision to proceed: "Massenet feels [the story of Manon] as a Frenchman, with powder and minuets. I shall feel it as an Italian, with a desperate passion." And Puccini succeeds brilliantly in creating a work that reveals the scope of his unique lyricism and his exultant musicality, brimming with romance, ardor, and richly beguiling melody.

Photo: © Opéra de Monte-Carlo

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Anna Netrebko appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.

Click here to discover her album "Verismo".

Anna Netrebko appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.

Click here to discover her album "Manon Lescaut".