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4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good for an update, 12 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Massenet: Manon (Barenboim, Netrebko, Villazon) [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
If you are a purist then this is not for you, but this update has the cast wearing costumes half remembered from my childhood.
If you like some imaginative staging then this will go a long way towards redressing the balance.
I recently watched on sky arts a Met version with Netrebko in a more traditional setting, Luisi conducting, Netrebko is good but the orchestra lacks passion, that certainly cannot be said of Barenboim, he extracts magic from the Staatsoper.
The other singers are very good, I particularly like the trio of beautiful ladies, who blend beautifully in their numerous spots.
Lescaut played by Daza has a fine baritone voice and plays a good part.
I have nearly overlooked Villazon, as I always expect a superb performance, he is fully up to standard.
Of other versions that I own my favourite is the quirky McVicar offering with a delightfully girlish Dessay in title roll. For more traditional fans the Gruberova with Adam Fischer takes some beating.
To return to the current production in act 3 "Ma Rosalinde" by Lescaut is a little gem of staging. I also like the street scene and " Here come the fashionable ladies". This is closely followed by Manons celebration of beauty and youth, well supported by orchestra and chorus.
In scene 2 of this act at St Sulpice "ah sweet Memory" is memorable by Villazon, the whole scene is sympathetically done, and culminates with a passionate reconciliation, shared by Netrebko, Villazon and orchestra.
I will not delve further into acts four and five other than to say that that, the standard is maintained throughout.
I do however drop one star from my rating because of the update.
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