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
and concerts she has left is a treasure, and this Manon Lescaut one of its most brilliant jewels.”
-- Ira Siff, Opera News
Works on This Recording
Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
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)
Verona Teatro Arena Chorus,
Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra
Written: 1893; Italy
Date of Recording: 1970
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, sarò la più 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 è 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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