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Browse: Puccini - Manon Lescaut
Mirella Freni (Manon Lescaut), Plácido Domingo (Des Grieux), Renato Bruson (Lescaut), Kurt Rydl (Geronte), Robert Gambill (Edmondo), Brigitte Fassbaender (Una voce sola), John Tomlinson (Un comandante di Marina)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Covent Garden Chorus, Giuseppe Sinopoli
The sound is consistently spacious and free to bring out the strongly dramatic and characterful qualities of Sinopoli's reading. — More…
Licia Albanese (Manon Lescaut), Jussi Björling (Des Grieux), Robert Merrill (Lescaut), Franco Calabrese (Geronte/Un sergente degli arcieri), Mario Carlin (Edmondo/Il maestro di ballo/Lampionaio), Anna Maria Rota (Una voce sola), Plinio Clabassi (L'oste/Un comandante di Marina)
Rome Opera House...
With Bjoerling as Des Grieux giving one of this very finest performances on disc and with Robert Merrill in glorious voice as Lescaut, the Romanian conductor Jonel Perlea conducts one of the... — More…
Montserrat Caballé & Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni & Nicolai Gedda, Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi & Tito Gobbi, Victoria de los Angeles & Jussi Björling, Birgit Nilsson & João Gibin, Robert Alagna & Angela Gheorghiu, Neil Shicoff & Maria Guleghina, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs,...
Bohème is Thomas Schippers's memorable recording, with Freni and Gedda appealing lovers. Tosca features the dream-team Callas and Gobbi… Madama Butterfly heads a fine performance, though Jussi... — More…
Mirella Freni (Manon Lescaut), Luciano Pavarotti (Des Grieux), Dwayne Croft (Lescaut), Giuseppe Taddei (Geronte), Ramon Vargas (Edmondo), Cecilia Bartoli (Una voce sola)
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine
With Luciano Pavarotti a powerful Des Grieux, James Levine conducts a comparably big-boned performance of Manon Lescaut, bringing out the red-blooded drama of Puccini's first big success, while... — More…
Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Giulio Fioraventi, Dino Formachini
La Scala Milan Chorus & Orchestra, Tullio Serafin
This performance is unique, with Act 4 for once a culmination in Callas's supreme account of the death scene. She may present a rather formidable portrait of a young girl in Act 1, but here the... — More…
Maria Callas (soprano), Maria Callas (Elvira), Giuseppe di Stefano (Arturo), Rolando Panerai (Riccardo), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Giorgio), Angelo Mercuriali (Bruno), Carlo Forti (Gualtiero Valton), Aurora Cattelani (Enrichetta), Maria Callas (Amina), Nicola Monti (Elvino), Eugenia Ratti (Lisa), Fiorenza...
Dip in almost anywhere...and you will find that amazing voice throbbing with emotion in a recording legacy that must be placed among the 20th century’s great treasures. These studios recordings...have... — More…
Jonas Kaufmann (Des Grieux), Kristine Opolais (Manon Lescaut), Christopher Maltman (Lescaut), Maurizio Muraro (Gerontes) & Benjamin Hulett (Edmondo)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House & Royal Opera House Chorus, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (director)
Kaufmann is a gloriously ardent Des Grieux, recklessly embarking upon an emotional journey almost as distressing as that of the heroine herself. Kristine Opolais matches him in a performance... — More…