- Format: Classical, Import, Multiple Formats, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Sony Music Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 8 Jan 2016
- Run Time: 131 minutes
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- ASIN: B00Y07Q882
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In June 2014, Londonrsquos Royal Opera House presented Jonathan Kentrsquos new production of Manon Lescaut. With a stellar cast, including Kristīne Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann in the roles of the young lovers Manon Lescaut and Chevalier des Grieux, Jonathan Kent brings this 19th century classic to a 2014 setting, both nonnaturalistic and theatrical. Supporting the action on stage is the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with their venerable Music Director Antonio Pappano.br br The Manon Lescaut DVD includes the bonus video feature, 'Who is Manon Lescaut?'br br ldquoFrom the moment Kaufmann and Opolais embark ndash 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 exquisitelynuanced purity of hers, and they are supported by a performance in the pit, under Antonio Pappano, of rare refinement.rdquo THE INDEPENDENTbr br ldquoExhibiting qualities from each of the Three Tenors mdash Pavarotti's gleaming tone, Carreras's good looks, Domingo's dramatic presence mdash 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.rdquo LONDON EVENING STANDARDbr br ldquoAntonio Pappano has few peers today as a Puccini conductor, and gives the score a tremendous sense of vivid theatricalityrdquo THE GUARDIAN
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Amazon.com: 58 reviews
make these idiotic decisions?8 February 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
The music, the singers, the orchestra, choir the conductor, all outstanding. But why do they change the settings to nowadays? why do these people that design the stages, make these idiotic decisions?? Creativity?? I love Kaufmann, Kristin Opelais, Conductor Papano, and of course the opera, but I will never buy a movie of an opera, as long as they let these people mess it up. But the 5 stars remain because of the facts stated above.
20 people found this helpful
Great Singing, Bizarre Production16 March 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Oh yeah, Kaufmann at his best. The production is a little strange in that Euro way, including a near porn scene...you know what I'm talking about. Make that a lot strange. Great singing, though.
3 people found this helpful
A GREAT PERFORMANCE5 September 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
While I am pretty much a diehard traditionalist when it comes to opera productions, I have to give this performance the highest recommendation. For me, Kaufmann and Opolais are sublime in their roles, and Pappano conducts magnificently. Any reservations I have about some of the modernizations of this production have been dissolved by their artistry, demonstrating, I would say, that this is a very beautiful opera.
2 people found this helpful
Great singing actors30 January 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Production typically updated to a lousy. result.The sets for the last act have no meaning whatsoever. However, acting and singing great. What a gorgeous early Puccini feast of melody. Unbeatable one for pure singing is the CD of Bjorling and Albanese.
6 people found this helpful
Robert B. Amdur
Two Stars14 November 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
The production was distracting. What's wrong with doing it as Puccini had in mind?
5 people found this helpful