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At The Opera, Puccini: Manon Lescaut, November 10, 2018

  

Manon Lescaut is an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini, composed between 1890 and 1893. The story is based on the 1731 novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. In 1884 an opera by Jules Massenet entitled Manon, and based on the same novel, was premiered and has also become popular.

The libretto is in Italian, and was cobbled together by five librettists whom Puccini employed: Ruggero Leoncavallo, Marco Praga, Giuseppe Giacosa, Domenico Oliva and Luigi Illica. The publisher, Giulio Ricordi, and the composer himself also contributed to the libretto. So confused was the authorship of the libretto that no one was credited on the title page of the original score. However, it was Illica and Giacosa who completed the libretto and went on to contribute the libretti to Puccini's next three – and most successful – works, La Bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.

Cast:

Manon Lescaut – Licia Albanese

Des Grieux – Jussi Bjorling

Lescaut – Robert Merrill

Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Jonel Perlea – conductor

RCA - 1954

Playlist

8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:10 p.m.
Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut BUY Rome Opera; Jonel Perlea, conductor Jussi Bjorling
10:00 p.m.
10:49 p.m.
Mario Lanza BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza
RCA 88697074092
10:53 p.m.
Mario Lanza BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza
RCA 88697074092
10:57 p.m.
Mario Lanza BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza
RCA 88697074092
11:00 p.m.
11:04 p.m.
Carlo Bergonzi BUY from Carlo Bergonzi
11:06 p.m.
Carlo Bergonzi BUY from Carlo Bergonzi
11:08 p.m.
Puccini: Recondita Armonia BUY ; Giandrea Gavazzeni, conductor
11:11 p.m.
Puccini: E Lucevan Le Stelle BUY ; Giandrea Gavazzeni, conductor
11:13 p.m.
Puccini: Donna Non Vidi Mai BUY ; Giandrea Gavazzeni, conductor
11:22 p.m.
Bellini: I puritani BUY from Beverly Sills - The Great Recordings; composed by Bellini
11:28 p.m.
Bellini: Mira O Norma Norma BUY from Beverly Sills - The Great Recordings; composed by Bellini
11:36 p.m.
Tosti: Tosti Songs BUY from The Romance Of Tosti (Digitally Remastered); composed by Tosti


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