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Manon

VHS
152 minutes
M1500 .M32 M35 1988

Opera. Music by Jules Massenet. Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille.

Manon, the story of love won and lost, was an instant success when Massenet's opera was introduced in 1884 at the Opera Comique in Paris. The role of Manon has attracted sopranos all over the world during the past century, and Beverly Sills has been hailed by critics as the finest Manon.

The scenery and costumes brilliantly recreate the feeling of early 18th-century France in Tito Capobianco's elegant rococo production. Manon is one of the New York City Opera's most lavish productions.

Performers: Beverly Sills, soprano ; Henry Price, tenor ; Richard Fredricks, baritone ; Samuel Ramey, bass ; New York City Opera Chorus and Orchestra ; Julius Rudel, conductor.

This presentation was taped during a "Live From Lincoln Center" broadcast from the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center on October 18, 1977.

Sung in French with English subtitles.

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