Met Opera Broadcast Season Begins with Giacomo Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut'

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Anna Netrebko in the title role and Marcelo Álvarez as des Grieux in Puccini's Manon Lescaut. (Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Tune in Saturday at 12:30 pm for the first Met Opera radio broadcast of the season and hear Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut.

Anna Netrebko stars in the title role of Manon Lescaut, a heroine as alluring and irresistible as her adored city of Paris. Marcelo Álvarez is her obsessed lover in the opera that made Puccini famous, showcased in Richard Eyre’s heated, 1940s film noir–inspired production, with Marco Armiliato on the podium.

Conductor: Marco Armiliato

Cast:

Manon Lescaut: Anna Netrebko
des Grieux: Marcelo Álvarez
Lescaut: Christopher Maltman
Geronte: Brindley Sherratt

Comments [12]

Concetta Nardone from Nassau

I agree with Mr. Cerame.
Too many trashy productions being produced.

Dec. 04 2016 07:21 AM
Theodore Cerame from Perris, CA

Does anyone read the comments of listeners’ on the west coast at the conclusion of the Opera?
Firstly, Madame Netrebko Great. Consider what she has given the world of Opera during the past couple of decades. Her contribution to this Art form has earned her a place among the immortals.
Regarding overall the depredation of the supreme quality of the former, “House,” there is no question that since Volpe retired the Met been going downhill. How sad. I used to be so proud that here in the States we had the Greatest Opera House in the world. Sadly, no more. Penny wise dollar poor. Yes they are probably saving a ton of money not keeping the standard of their choice of stars at the top. But as someone has pointed out the Met is losing the support of listeners more and more. If young singers need a break they should earn it performing in smaller opera houses, not jump to the Met. The Met has traditionally brought abroad the world’s renowned singers, and if they wanted to introduce a promising young singer they started them with smaller parts.
Let us face it folks, the era of Volpe, Levine, and Peter Allen is past. What surprises me is that Opera lovers throughout the world but especially at home here waited so long to voice their disappointment, after disappointment, after disappointment?

Dec. 03 2016 04:36 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Bravi tutti.
Thanks for the fix.

Dec. 03 2016 03:58 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

HELP. I am being seduced.
Please, I am an old lady.

Dec. 03 2016 03:00 PM
Ellen L Lienhard from West Chester, PA

So nice to know I am not the only listener who remembers, and reveres, the Des Grieux of Jussi Bjoerling. I do feel sorry for today's young opera goers having to put up with trashy, irrelevant productions.

Today's cast sounds fabulous, I must admit, and I can use my memories of more inspiring productions.

Dec. 03 2016 02:50 PM
Paul from Brooklyn, NY

WOW! Great singing again from the Met.

Dec. 03 2016 12:56 PM
Barbara G. from Armonk NY

(Any) Puccini starring Netrebko and Alvarez..what a treat!

Dec. 03 2016 11:41 AM
Jeff from Miami, Florida

Who cares about the production? We are just sitting at home listening. The sad thing is that the Met keeps up this nonsense and it will cease to exist. Already audiences have left in droves. Subscriptions are way down. Americans are quickly loosing interest in this artform and because of these absurd productions, there will be no future audiences to learn about it. Thanks a lot, Mr. Gelb. The fault lays squarely on your head.

Dec. 03 2016 11:35 AM
Nick from Tampa

To Les. Yes, this staging is ludicrous. Let's not forget about the lovers being exiled to the deserts of Louisiana! I've been to that area numerous times. Swamps yes, deserts hardly!

Dec. 03 2016 10:31 AM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

@Les. I agree with all the comments about the marvelous singers. I can never forget Jussi nor DiStefano. Puccini was the great seducer.

Dec. 03 2016 08:20 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

To a genius like Puccini, details matters. A madrigal sung in Act II is unthinkable in the 1940's; likewise, Manon's dancing master trying to perfect her Minuet "Tempo di Minuetto" with the additional note "con moltissima grazia" is also unthinkable in the 1940's, to say nothing of the (gas) lamplighter's wistful tune in Act III. The idea of "undesirable women" being deported to America and a lover begging the ship's captain to be a stowaway to accompany her is equally ludicrous. For those in the radio audience, these as well as the costuming --- or lack of it --- can be ignored. I can't. The music is a miracle from first to last, certainly. The opera, despite the eight collaborators on the libretto, fully reveals his theatrical and melodic genius. I'm forever spoiled by the Des Grieux of Jussi Bjoerling's live performances at the Met with Dorothy Kirsten in 1949 and Licia Albanese in 1956 respectively, (as well as the 1954 recording), and by performances by Richard Tucker --- always an impassioned interpreter --- and Giuseppe di Stefano and Maria Callas on records. If one's heart isn't broken and one isn't in tears at the end of the opera, something's wrong with the performance and/or the listener just doesn't like the opera.

Dec. 03 2016 06:54 AM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Beduzzo Cavanaugh: Hope you are well. I am still here.

This opera is all about a greedy, faithless woman. The genius of Puccini's music is that you feel pity for her. His music gave her the dignity of tragedy.
Welcome back one and all.

Dec. 03 2016 06:08 AM

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