Puccini's work about the troubled love between the Chevalier Des Grieux
(Matthew Vickers) and the fair Manon (Sandra Lopez) opens the Sarasota Opera's winter season, with performances Feb.
Manon" is risky; it can fall desperately short if the chemistry between the two lovers is not absolutely believable; with the crackling chemistry between Manon and des Grieux
, you have a masterpiece of the highest calibre.
Manon Lescaut was composed between 1890 and 1893 and is based on the 1731 novel L'histoire du Chevalier des Grieux
et de Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost.
Drawing upon a wide palette of dynamic shadings, the soprano conveyed a mix of tenderness, tragedy and smouldering passion in "In quelle trini morbide," when she reminisces about her humble dwelling with Des Grieux
, whom she has left for the wealthy caretaker, Geronte de Revoir.
But Rudolf in Mayerling, Des Grieux
in Manon: I had to understand what they required of me in every scene, what I had to project.
Between 1961 and 1973, he was an admired exponent of roles ranging from Elvino in Bellini's La sonnambula to des Grieux
in Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
For, despite her amorality and apparent treachery (she is indolent, venal, and materialistic, sleeping with wealthy men for monetary gain), as the film progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that her feelings for the hero, Des Grieux
, are deeply genuine.
Manon doesn't love Geronte and when Des Grieux
reappears, she decides to leave with him, but is caught stealing jewels on her way out and thrown in jail, then sent on a convict ship to Louisiana.
Richardson, 1748) ou Manon Lescaut (la protagoniste de La veritable histoire du chevalier des Grieux
et de Manon Lescaut, de l'abbe Prevost, 1731) est toute differente d'une picara sentimentale.
Gwyn Hughes Jones as Dex <B Grieux
and Chiara Taigi as Manon in Manon Lescaut PICTURE: Johan Persson
La Historia del caballero Des Grieux
y de Manon Lescaut (1731), novela del Abate Prevost (1697-1763), hoy en dia sigue editandose en muchos idiomas.
The neon frame that lit up around Manon (Chiara Taigi, singing as well as acting with a piercing, steely intensity), as Des Grieux
(Gwyn Hughes Jones: on fabulous, soaring voice) saw her for the first time was a moment of pure theatrical magic.