About the film
opera live performance
Release Date: May 17, 1983
|Production Companies||:||NVC Arts|
|Director||:||Götz Friedrich, Brian Large|
|Writers||:||Abbé Prévost, Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica, Giacomo Puccini, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Marco Praga, Domenico Oliva, Giulio Ricordi|
"Manon", wrote Puccini to his publisher Giulio Ricordi in 1889, "is a heroine I believe in and therefore she cannot fail to win the heart of the public." This turned out to be a truly prophetic statement since none of Puccinis other world successes were received on their first nights as rapturously as Manon Lescaut. The popularity of Puccinis great masterpiece has never waned and the highly acclaimed Götz Friedrich production at Covent Garden was hailed as an operatic milestone. Two of the worlds leading stars--Kiri Te Kanawa and Placido Domingo--head a strong cast conducted by the brilliant Italian conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli.