13 June 2014 at 3.36pm | Comment on this article
Royal Opera House Music Director Antonio Pappano recently hosted an Insights event to introduce the music of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The opera opens on 17 June, with Antonio at the podium for all seven performances.
He describes how Puccini uses different musical devices to create a picture of youth and ebullience in the prelude, going on to look at the searching, sorrowful intermezzo between Acts Two and Three.
‘The story [of Manon Lescaut] is very clear. It speaks a lot about our world today and the emptiness and superficiality of it. I’m not saying it’s Puccini’s Anna Nicole, but there are certain things in common.’
Watch the trailer for Jonathan Kent’s new production:
Manon Lescaut runs from 22 November–12 December 2016. Tickets are still available. This is a co-production with Shanghai Grand Theatre.