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An Excellent Production,
This review is from: Massenet Manon [DVD]  (DVD)
David MacVicar's production uses traditional costumes and a simplified set with galleries at the back where the chorus observe and comment on the proceedings. Society seems to conspire in the destruction of an innocent girl with selfish male attitudes to the fore.
The two principals are excellent. Natalie Dessay, for me, is just about the best singer/actress out there. She gives 100% commitment to the role. Rolando Villazon as the Chevalier is just about as good. Conductor and orchestra are also top class. A thoroughly absorbing performance of a great work.