Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Kaufmann, Opolais

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Label: SONY CLASSICAL
Catalog: 88875105199
Format: DVD

Jonas Kaufmann (Des Grieux), Kristine Opolais (Manon Lescaut), Christopher Maltman (Lescaut), Maurizio Muraro (Gerontes) & Benjamin Hulett (Edmondo) Orchestra of the Royal Opera House & Royal Opera House Chorus, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (director)

London’s Royal Opera House presented Jonathan Kent’s new production of Manon Lescaut in June 2014. Jonathan Kent did a modern update to the 19th century classic. 'From the moment Kaufmann and Opolais embark – with infinite delicacy - on their emotional journey, it becomes clear that this is a vocal marriage made in heaven. His warmly burnished sound is balanced by the exquisitely-nuanced purity of hers, and they are supported by a performance in the pit, under Antonio Pappano, of rare refinement.' THE INDEPENDENT 'Exhibiting qualities from each of the Three Tenors — Pavarotti's gleaming tone, Carreras's good looks, Domingo's dramatic presence — Jonas Kaufmann is justifiably lauded as the outstanding tenor of our day. In Jonathan Kent's new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut he delivers a thrilling performance that satisfies both musically and theatrically.' LONDON EVENING STANDARD 'Antonio Pappano has few peers today as a Puccini conductor, and gives the score a tremendous sense of vivid theatricality' THE GUARDIAN

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