Puccini's Manon Lescaut from La Monnaie in Brussels
Thursday, May 02, 2013
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.
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