Episode #1

We're a Go for 'Manon Lescaut'

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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

On the premiere episode of the new podcast He Sang/She Sang, hosts Merrin Lazyan and Mike Shobe discuss the plot, characters and music of Puccini's Manon Lescaut with the principle stage director of Regina Opera, Linda Lehr, and WQXR's morning host Jeff Spurgeon.

Plus, soprano Anna Netrebko joins us to talk about playing the title character, and the panel discusses their YouTube recommendations to get even more familiar with Manon Lescaut.

Jeff Spurgeon's YouTube Pick (Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais): 

Linda Lehr's YouTube Pick (Kiri Te Kanawa and Placido Domingo):

Merrin Lazyan's YouTube Pick (Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov):

Mike Shobe's YouTube Pick (Jonas Kaufmann):


This episode features excerpts from the following albums and performances:
• Anna Netrebko, soprano; Yusif Eyvazof, tenor; and Brian Zeger, piano, recorded live at The Greene Space at WQXR (September 2016).
• Puccini: Manon Lescaut (Decca Records, 1993)
— Luciano Pavarotti, tenor; Mirella Freni, soprano
• Anna Netrebko: Verismo (Deutsche Grammophon, 2016)
— Anna Netrebko, soprano

Comments [3]

Ellen L Lienhard from West Chester, PA

Sorry for the problems; my screen shows the name Christine Opolais singing with Jonas Kaufman. My screen also shows the names of Domingo and Te Kanawa.

Dec. 02 2016 05:58 PM
Stan Lenkowsky from NY

Who is the soprano who sings Manon with Jonas Kaufmann?
(That's why you need to state the singers' names somewhere near the photos.)

Nov. 30 2016 10:55 AM
Stan Lenkowsky from NY

I welcome this new opera forum, but why not give credit to the singers: Kiri TeKanawa and Placido Domingo.
Keep these coming!

Nov. 30 2016 09:13 AM

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