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Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Santi, Domingo, Olivero

Release Date: 03/11/2008 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 7050   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Magda OliveroPlacido DomingoGianfranco CasariniFranco Ricciardi,   ... 
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena ChorusVerona Teatro Arena Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes full libretto with English translation.

Perhaps the greatest May-December match-up in opera recording, this thrilling live performance of Manon Lescaut stars tenor Plácido Domingo near the beginning of his career, in the youthful prime of his voice, and legendary soprano Magda Olivero (“The Queen of Verismo”) in her 60th year as the young Manon. Live performance, 1970.

“The kind of fanatic enthusiasm Olivero came to inspire can be heard on this recording, as can the justification for it. One of the luckiest things that ever happened to post-war Italian opera was the coaxing out of self-imposed retirement of the forty year old Magda Olivero in January of 1951. The legacy of recorded roles
Read more and concerts she has left is a treasure, and this Manon Lescaut one of its most brilliant jewels.”

-- Ira Siff, Opera News
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Works on This Recording

Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Magda Olivero (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Gianfranco Casarini (Bass),
Franco Ricciardi (Tenor), Alfredo Mariotti (Bass), Giulio Fioravanti (Baritone),
Ermanno Lorenzi (Tenor), Carlos Del Bosco (Bass), Franco Federici (Bass)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus,  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  Live 

Sound Samples

Manon Lescaut: Act One: Ave, sera gentile
Manon Lescaut: Act One: Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde
Manon Lescaut: Act One: Cortese damigella
Manon Lescaut: Act One: Donna non vidi mai
Manon Lescaut: Act One: Vedete? Io son fedele
Manon Lescaut: Act Two: Dispettosetto questo riccio!
Manon Lescaut: Act Two: In quelle trine morbide
Manon Lescaut: Act Two: Oh, sarň la piů bella!
Manon Lescaut: Act Two: Liberi! Liberi come l'aria!
Manon Lescaut: Act Two: Lescaut!? Tu qui?
Manon Lescaut: Act Three: Intermezzo
Manon Lescaut: Act Three: Ansiata eterna, crudel
Manon Lescaut: Act Three: Manon, disperato č il mio prego!
Manon Lescaut: Act Three: Rosetta - Eh! Che aria!
Manon Lescaut: Act Three: Presto! In fila! Marciate!
Manon Lescaut: Act Four: Tutta su me ti posa
Manon Lescaut: Act Four: Manon, senti, amor mio!
Manon Lescaut: Act Four: Sei tu che piangi?
Manon Lescaut: Act Four: Sola, perduta, abbandonata

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