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Puccini: Manon Lescaut DVD (The Royal Opera)

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Jonathan Kent’s new production of Manon Lescaut recorded at the Royal Opera House in 2014, includes a stellar cast, featuring Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann in the roles of the young lovers Manon Lescaut and the Chevalier des Grieux. Kent brings this 19th-century classic to a 2014 setting, non-naturalistic and theatrical. Supporting the action on stage is the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, with their venerable Music Director Antonio Pappano.

From the moment Kaufmann and Opolais embark – with infinite delicacy – on their emotional journey, it becomes clear that this is a vocal marriage made in heaven. His warmly burnished sound is balanced by the exquisitely nuanced purity of hers, and they are supported by a performance in the pit, under Antonio Pappano, of rare refinement.’ – The Independent

‘Antonio Pappano has few peers today as a Puccini conductor, and gives the score a tremendous sense of vivid theatricality.’ – The Guardian

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Manon Lescaut: Kristine Opolais
Des Grieux: Jonas Kaufmann
Gerontes: Maurizio Muraro
Lescaut: Christopher Maltman
Edmondo: Benjamin Hulett

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Director: Jonathan Kent 
Choreography: Denni Sayers  

Picture: 16:9
Sound: PCM 2.0 Stereo / DTS Digital Surround
Region code: 0 (Worldwide)
Running Time: 131+5 mins
Year: 2014

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