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(Gesamtaufnahme · Complete)
Edita Gruberova · Francisco Araiza · Pierre Thau · Hans Helm
Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
Adam Fischer, conductor
Staged by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Directed by Brian Large
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: DTS 5.0
Picture Format: 4:3
Eine Produktion des ORF aus der Wiener Staatsoper
* Filmed live at the Vienna State Opera in December 1983, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s elegant staging of Manon captures all the pathos of Massenet’s masterpiece.
* Adam Fischer leads an all-star cast featuring the incomparable Edita Gruberova in the
title role and the brilliant Francisco Araiza as Le chevalier des Grieux.
* Massenet’s Manon was immensely successful from the outset, and it has remained a hit ever since its world premiere in Paris in 1884.
R E V I E W S
“[Gruberova] has spoilt her audience with her irresistible high notes and crystalline coloratura. . . the casualness with which she played the coquette. . . culminating in her ensnarement of her beau, who was on the verge of entering the priesthood.” -- Süddeutsche Zeitung
“Araiza brought to the part the sensual timbre of his tenor, while enthralling the house with lightning-quick changes from brilliant high notes to unusually delicate diminuendos that died away to nothing.” -- Süddeutsche Zeitung
Works on This Recording
Manon by Jules Massenet
Francisco Araiza (Tenor),
Hans Helm (Baritone),
Edita Gruberova (Soprano),
Pierre Thau (Bass)
Vienna State Opera Chorus,
Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Written: 1883-1884; France
Date of Recording: 12/1983
Venue: Live Vienna State Opera
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Very enjoyable. February 22, 2013
By BURTON A jONES, JR. (Pearland, TX) See All My Reviews
"I found this to be a delightful performance. The singers are all very good and I have no problems with the entire production. I would gladly recommend it to you."