Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov star as tragic lovers Manon and Des Grieux in this performance of Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory. Nicholas Georgiadis's period designs set the ballet in the contrasting worlds of Paris luxury and Louisiana swampland, while the intense emotion of MacMillan's choreography is complemented by a score drawn from Massenet's music.
Manon: Sarah Lamb Des Grieux: Vadim Muntagirov Lescaut: Ryoichi Mirano Monsieur G.M: Gary Avis Lescaut's Mistress: Itziar Mendizabal Madame: Kristen McNally The Gaoler: Thomas Whitehead Beggar Chief: James Hay Artists of the Royal Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Martin Yates Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Music: Jules Massenet Designer: Nicholas Georgiadis
Extras: An Introduction; Creating the Courtesans; Darcey Bussell interviews Deborah MacMillan
Picture: 16:9 Sounds: PCM 2.0 & DTS Master Audio 5.1 Format: Blu-ray Region Code: All Regions Running Time: 133 mins Year: 2018
"a signature classic of the Covent Garden repertory" The Times
"By Act 2, there was an aloofness about Lamb’s Manon that was chilling, especially the icy glint in her eye as she snubs des Grieux... Vadim Muntagirov was her noble, but impoverished chevalier, moving with eloquent fluidity and a sensitive partner to Lamb throughout... Ryoichi Hirano was fabulous as Lescaut, displaying a wide range of emotions, painfully funny in his drunken pas de deux with his unamused mistress, the delicious Itziar Mendizabal." BachTrack