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5.0 out of 5 stars The best by far, 16 Feb 2004
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Michael Bo (Frederiksberg Denmark) - See all my reviews
'Manon Lescaut' has fared pretty well on DVD, but nothing comes close to this classic Metropolitan performance of 1980. This was my first encounter with opera, on television or stage, and of course I feared that it wouldn't hold up this second time around, now that I'm so much the wiser.
But it shines as magnificently as ever. The young Levine really gets his teeth into the Italian melodrama, and the orchestra plays beautifully. Granted, Menotti's direction opts for tradition and decent representation, and the sets in their drabness is very much of their time too. But the drama, the singing! The well-rounded, molten, Italianate sounds that the young Domingo emits are what opera is all about. That and his total involvement with the part. And to me this was Scotto's signature role, bewitching and coquettish in the first two acts, unfailingly tragic in the last two. There is no soprano ever whose 'Sola, perduta, abbandonata' I would rather listen to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunng puccini, 4 Jan 2014
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The first run of the current Met Production starred Scotto and Domingo in fabulous performance in 1980. Despite her seniority and a 25-year career Scotto delivers all you would expect and then more some. Her vocalising remained unsurpassed in this repertory, add the musicianship, the passion and dramatic commitment and this is up there with her Barbirolli Butterfly recording. The top is well under control, the colouring gorgeous, and in Act two she shows off here bel canto singing with bravura and a stunning trill. Her final scene is heart-rending. Domingo is on top form in a role he adored and he is so much better here than at Covent Garden in 1981 when he had to battle the dense conducting of Sinnopoli and work with Kiri who was like 'flatulence in a hurricane' compared to Scotto here. The part suits him perfectly, he is in great voice and these two great artists spark off each other to glorious effect. The small parts are beautifully cast - I especially like Renato Cappecchi as Geronte. Levine and the Met orchestra are fantastic.

The sound is very good although the picture is a little dark (must have been no supplementary lighting for the filming). However a small quibble as you soon get used to it and forget it when the music starts. Its a lavish Met show with a cast who could all act and are well directed without (in those days) the scourge of that Reggie Theater geezer to spoil our enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Metropolitan 5 star production, 23 May 2014
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J. Hansen "roma95" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this to replace a rather inferior DVD copy purchased some years ago.

This production of Manon Lescaut outshines the old Covent Garden one last seen about 30 years ago. Much as I have always admired Kiri te Kanawa, I would have to say that she was miscast in this opera. Levine has assembled a star cast for the Met, and both they and the production deserve the 5 stars.

Am looking forward to seeing what Jonathan Kent had done with the new production at Covent Garden (have tickets for 4th July). If it's up to the same standard as his wonderful Tosca then we should expect something special. However, although I enjoy listening to Jonas Kaufman in Puccini and other Italian opera, I don't think he'll match the star quality that Domingo had in this and similar roles.

Although not on BluRay, I can highly recommend this Met recording with Domingo and Scotto. They are both in fine voice and 'acting their socks off'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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