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Stunning cinematic Manon,
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This review is from: Massenet: Manon (Barenboim, Netrebko, Villazon) [DVD]  (DVD)
There can be no better case made than this for restoring Massenet's greatest opera into the popular repertoire in the UK, where it is far too infrequently performed.
It has the most brilliant sequence of both sparkling and sad arias combined with tremendously tuneful choruses and, in addition, has as racy a pace of plot as you ever get in opera.
This production just about has it all - difficult to imagine a better casting than Anna Netrebko in the title role - a glorious voice, great acting talent and as one sees very clearly in Act 2, a body made for this role - the headline in the introductory article in the helpful insert is "Manon - Screen Goddess" and that is exactly what she is on this recording.
Rolando Villazon, now well known from his hosting of a popular UK operatic TV talent show, sings like a man possessed (as indeed in the story he is) but once his unfortunate resemblance to 'Mr Bean' as a schoolboy is noticed, it makes it rather hard to keep a straight face during the rest of the production