25th September

Concert will begin at 19:00 hours GMT

Massenet's 'Manon' with Santoni, Pirgu, Bou and Test from Paris

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Massenet's 'Manon' is an opera in five acts to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. De Brétigny, a nobleman, has just arrived, in the company of Guillot, an aging rake who is the Minister of Finance, along with three flirtatious young actresses. While the innkeeper is serving dinner to the party, the townspeople collect to witness the arrival of the coach from Arras. Among them is Lescaut, a guardsman, who tells his comrades that he plans to meet a kinswoman. Performers:

Vannina Santoni: Manon Lescaut.
Saimir Pirgu: Le Chevalier des Grieux.
Jean-Sébastien Bou: Lescaut.
Eric Huchet: Guillot de Morfontaine.
Philippe Estèphe: Monsieur de Brétigny.
Nicolas Testé: Le Comte des Grieux.
Margot Genet: Poussette.
Amandine Ammirati: Javotte.
Clémence Poussin: Rosette.

Opéra national de Lyon Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Daniele Rustioni.

Recorded 15 September.


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