by Giacomo Puccini
Few operas have surpassed Manon Lescaut in the depiction of the urgency of young love. The French tale of a beautiful young woman destroyed by her conflicting needs for love and luxury. Puccini infused the story with frank emotion and a flood of melody. The opera was his first great success, leading George Bernard Shaw to name him “the successor to Verdi.”
Richard Eyre’s new production moves the action to the 1940s.
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Manon Lescaut: Anna Netrebko
Des Grieux: Marcelo Álvarez
Lescaut: Christopher Maltman
Geronte: Brindley Sherratt
Start time: 10:00 AM on Capital Public Radio.
Approximate running time 3 hrs 7 mins.