Puccini's Manon Lescaut from La Monnaie in Brussels

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Royal Theater of the Mint in Brussels. The Royal Theater of the Mint in Brussels. (Wikipedia Commons)

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There aren't many stories that have inspired more than one great opera. One of them is the tale of Manon, a beautiful young woman who falls victim to a combination of her own passions and the men who both love and exploit her.

On this week's World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone brings us Puccini's Manon Lescaut in a production from the Royal Theater of the Mint in Brussels and the Belgian National Opera, both of which are better known simply as La Monnaie. Eva-Maria Westbroek, one of today's most exciting sopranos, stars in the title role.

Cast:

Conductor: Carlo Rizzi

Manon: Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Des Grieux: Brandon Jovanovich (tenor)

Lescaut: Aris Argiris (baritone)

Geronte: Giovanni Furlanetto (bass)

Dancing Master: Alexander Kravets (tenor)

Edmondo: Julien Dran (tenor)

La Monnaie Orchestra and Chorus

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