Massenet: Manon

COMPOSERS: Massenet
LABELS: DG
ALBUM TITLE: Massenet
WORKS: Manon
PERFORMER: Edita Gruberova, Francisco Araiza, Pierre Thau; Vienna State Opera/Adam Fischer; dir. Ponnelle (Vienna, 1983)
CATALOGUE NO: 073 4207
A pretty-picture version of this ingratiating opera, with a strong performance from Francisco Araiza, but Edita Gruberova as Manon looks far too doll-like and sings in piping tones. Just charm, with little pathos. Michael Tanner

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