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Massenet: Manon / Fleming, Alvarez, Lopez-Cobos

Massenet / Fleming / Alvarez / Chaignaud
Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 107003  
Composer:  Jules Massenet
Performer:  Alain VernhesMichel SénéchalRenée FlemingMarcelo Alvarez,   ... 
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera ChorusParis National Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Everything works—singing, costumes, sets and, to my utter delight, the choreography. Renée Fleming is the ranking Manon in the world and is completely at home in both the dramatic and lyrical passages, and tosses off her coloratura with great élan.

What a treat this is! Everything works—singing, costumes, sets and, to my utter delight, the choreography. Renée Fleming is the ranking Manon in the world (one might even say, the ranking prima donna) and is in fine voice. She is completely at home in both the dramatic and lyrical passages, and tosses off her coloratura with great élan. Especially moving is her “Adieu notre petit table.” She looks very beautiful in her lavish period costumes,
Read more whether wearing a wig or her own gorgeous red hair. Marcelo Alvarez is a more than serviceable des Grieux, if not as masterful as his co-star.

Kudos to the stage director Gilbert Deflo, costume designer William Orlandi, and, above all, choreographer Ana Yepes and her fine dancers. This is a traditional, opulent production, and it looks smashing in an ultra-crisp DVD. Warmly recommended.

-- James Camner, FANFARE

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Director: Gilbert Deflo
Recording Date: 2001
Place of recording: LIVE RECORDING FROM OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS
Running Time: 164 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region Code: 0 (All)
Release Date: 2008
Menu Languages NTSC: English
Subtitle Languages NTSC: German, French, English, Italian, Spanish

Artists:
Manon Lescaut RENÉE FLEMING
Le Chevalier des Grieux MARCELO ALVAREZ
Lescaut JEAN-LUC CHAIGNAUD
Le Comte des Grieux ALAIN VERNHES
Guillot de Morfontaine MICHEL SÉNÉCHAL

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Works on This Recording

1. Manon by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Alain Vernhes (Bass), Michel Sénéchal (Tenor), Renée Fleming (Soprano),
Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor), Jean-Luc Chaignaud (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Chorus,  Paris National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 2001 

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