Giacomo Puccini, Manon Lescaut
Turin, Teatro Regio, 14 March 2017
In this Manon Lescaut the most convincing interpreter is Geronte’s!
After Auber (1856) and Massenet (1884), the third operatic adaptation of Prévost’s novel, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, premiered at Turin Teatro Regio in 1893. It was the composer’s first mature work, a big step forward compared with Edgar, but it was not yet the level of La bohème.
The libretto had a troubled genesis, to say the least: seven people got their hands on it. With its unnecessary repetitions, linguistic ambitions and inconsistencies it did not bode well, but the rich melodic invention of the composer prevailed and the success was resounding…