Manon Lescaut (The Metropolitan Opera)

Manon Lescaut (The Metropolitan Opera)

Director: Gian Carlo Menotti Cast: Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Renato Caprecchi


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Puccini's Manon Lescaut opens at an inn in Amiens, where a group of poor students are reveling. One of these, Des Grieux, tells another, Edmondo, that he is impervious to the temptation of love. Soon after, a beautiful young girl, Manon, arrives with her brother, Lescaut and an older tax collector, Geronte, all of whom have been traveling by coach. At her father's insistence, Manon is on her way to a convent; however, Geronte is planning to steal her away and force her to be his mistress. Des Grieux and Manon meet and fall in love with each other. Learning of Geronte's plans, Des Grieux convinces Manon to elope with him. Geronte and Lescaut hatch a plot to steal Manon away from Des Grieux, which succeeds. After some time, however, Manon grows discontented with being Geronte's mistress. Des Grieux makes a surprise visit and wins Manon back. To get revenge, Geronte has the police deport Manon, who attempted to leave with some of the old man's jewels. She is jailed, awaiting deportation to Louisiana, and a plan to help her escape fails. Des Grieux begs to be allowed to join her on board the ship bound for America, even if he must serve as a cabin boy. In New Orleans, the poor lovers cannot find a means of supporting themselves. They wander aimlessly, until Manon, exhausted and broken, dies in Des Grieux's embrace.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
UPC: 0044007342411
Original Release: 1980
Rating: NR
Source: Deutsche Grammophon
Region Code: 0
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:12:00

Special Features

Picture gallery; Interviews with Scotto, Domingo, Levine & Menotti; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Levine
1. Opening Credits/Cast [1:33]
2. Act One: "Ave, Sera Gentile" (Edmondo, Coro) [4:32]
3. Act One: "L'amor! L'amor!" (Des Grieux, Edmondo, Coro) [:53]
4. Act One: "Tra Voi, Belle, Brune e Bionde" (Des Grieux, Edmondo, Coro) [1:10]
5. Act One: "Ma Bravo!" (Edmondo, Coro) [1:50]
6. Act One: "Discendono, Vediam!" (Coro, Edmondo, Lescaut, L'oste, Des Grieux, Geronte) [2:02]
7. Act One: "Cortese Damigella" (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut) [3:44]
8. Act One: "Donna Non Vidi Mai" (Des Grieux) [2:17]
9. Act One: "La Tua Ventura Ci Rassicura" (Edmondo, Coro, Geronte, Lescaut, L'oste) [5:58]
10. Act One: "La Tua Proserpina" (Edmondo, Des Grieux) [1:41]
11. Act One: "Vedete? Io Son Fedele" (Manon, Des Grieux, Edmondo) [4:12]
12. Act One: "Deh, M'ascoltate" (Des Grieux, Manon, Edmondo)
13. Act One: "Di Sedur la Sorellina È il Momento!" (Geronte, L'oste, Edmondo, Lescaut, Coro) [6:07]
14. Act Two: "Dispettosetto Questo Riccio!" (Manon, Lescaut) [2:28]
15. Act Two: "Sei Splendida e Lucente!" (Lescaut, Manon) [2:42]
16. Act Two: "In Quelle Trine Morbide" (Manon) [2:45]
17. Act Two: "Poiché Tu Vuoi Saper" (Lescaut, Manon) [3:10]
18. Act Two: "Sulla Vetta Tu del Monte" (Madrigale) (Musico, Cantanti) [1:46]
19. Act Two: "Paga Costor!" (Manon, Lescaut) [2:24]
20. Act Two: "Vi Prego, Signorina" (Minuetto) (Maestro di Ballo, Geronte, Manon, Coro) [4:05]
21. Act Two: "L'ora, O Tirsi, È Vaga e Bella" (Manon, Geronte, Coro) [2:52]
22. Act Two: "Oh, Sarò la Più Bella!... Tu, Tu, Amore? Tu?" (Manon, Des Grieux) [8:42]
23. Act Two: "Affé, Madamigella" (Geronte, Des Grieux, Manon) [1:48]
24. Act Two: "Ah! Ah! Liberi!" (Manon, Des Grieux) [3:43]
25. Act Two: "Lescaut!" - "Tu Qui?" (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut, Sergente, Geronte) [5:28]
26. Intermezzo [5:35]
27. Act Three: "Ansia Eterna, Crudel" (Des Grieux, Lescaut, Manon) [4:32]
28. Act Three: "E Kate Ripose al Re" (Lampionaio, Des Grieux, Manon) [1:18]
29. Act Three: "Manon, Disperato È il Mio Prego!" (Des Grieux, Manon) [1:27]
30. Act Three: "All'armi! All'armi!" (Coro, Lescaut, Des Grieux, Manon, Sergente, Comandante) [1:38]
31. Act Three: "Rosetta!" - "Eh, Che Aria!" (Sergente, Coro, Lescaut, Manon, Des Grieux) [3:33]
32. Act Three: "Presto! In Fila!" (Sergente, Des Grieux, Coro, Comandante) [5:50]
33. Act Four: "Tutta Su Me Ti Posa" (Des Grieux, Manon) [3:15]
34. Act Three: "Vedi, Son Io Che Piango" (Des Grieux) [1:49]
35. Act Three: "Sei Tu Che Piangi?" (Manon, Des Grieux) [5:21]
36. Act Three: "Sola, Perduta, Abbandonata" (Manon) [4:50]
37. Act Three: "Fra le Tue Braccia, Amore" (Manon, Des Grieux) [11:48]

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Manon Lescaut (The Metropolitan Opera) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Domingo and Scotto are such a good combination. They play naive kids in the first act, and then tear your heart out in act 4. Domingo is gorgeous in act 3 when he begs to be taken on board the ship to Louisiana. Pablo Elvira makes Lescaut a comic character, and Renato Cappechi plays Geronte as a dirty old man. Levine and his orchestra and chorus are at their best. This DVD is from a single unedited performance in 1980. As usual with these Met shows from 20 years ago, the picture is blurry, colors are muted and everything is a little dark, but the sound is very good. How nice it is that these DVDs let you choose whether or not you want the subtitles to show. Some even offer your choice of six languages, but these Met shows have English only. Don't miss this wonderful early Puccini love story.