Photo Journal: Manon Lescaut at Florida Grand Opera

Classic Arts News   Photo Journal: Manon Lescaut at Florida Grand Opera
It was Puccini's first big success, Manon Lescaut — a passionate and tuneful score matched with an ideally operatic story: pretty young country girl goes to Paris, garners fame and fortune and lots of jewelry amidst pre-Revolution high society, falls from grace, and dies in the Louisiana desert [sic] in the arms of the lovestruck young nobleman who follows her faithfully.

Florida Grand Opera is now presenting Manon Lescaut, in a lavishly costumed staging — check out the photos below — by director Bernard Uzan brought to Miami from L'Op_ra de Montr_al. Soprano Sylvie Valayre and tenor Hugh Smith star as Manon and her loving Chevalier des Grieux. Baritone David Kempster plays Lescaut (Manon's brother), with bass Donato di Stefano as Geronte and baritone Douglas Perry as the Dancing Master.

The production opened on January 27 at Florida Grand Opera's new home, the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Carnival Center in Miami, under the baton of Angelo Cavallaro. There will be two further performances there this weekend, on February 9 and 11, followed by two performances in Fort Lauderdale, on February 15 and 17, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with Andrew Bisantz on the podium. Information and tickets are available at

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All photos by Debra Gray Mitchell

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