Featuring Italian stars Serena Farnocchia and Massimo Giordano and the APO luxuriating in Puccini’s sumptuous orchestral music, Manon Lescaut will be unforgettable.
Manon Lescaut is too young to really know who she is. What she does know is that she’s beautiful. Heart-stoppingly beautiful. What she learns later is that her charms are a commodity that can be bought and sold like any other. The young student Des Grieux is overtaken by love the moment he sees her, and indeed, Manon falls in love with him. But Manon loves other things too – attention, revelry, wealth. Puccini’s breakthrough opera was a smash hit from its premiere.
Conductor Giordano Bellincampi
Manon Lescaut Serena Farnocchia
Des Grieux Massimo Giordano
Geronte Pelham Andrews
Chorus: Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus