Opera Appreciation

Mozart’s opera “Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Escape from the Seraglio) was viewed by 13 lovers of opera. The Director, David McVicar’s original-period vision for this opera offered an outstanding portrayal of life centred around a harem. This being an early opera of Mozart, the dialogue between arias – usually a background of simple chords. But in early opera, the dialogue is just spoken as in this opera.
Next month Tuesday 18th June, the writer hopes to be away, but my friend Raymond will present the tragic opera in 5 acts “Manon” by Jules Massenet based on the novel “Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut” The opera was first performed in Paris in January 1884.
Manon perhaps the most famous Massenet’s operas, although not at first well received by the critics, however, after only a few years becoming famous. In 1952 it was performed in Paris for the 2000th time. Other operas on the story are by Auber (1856), Kleinnichel (1887) and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (1893). The story – a sad one, takes place in France in 1721, of a young girl, Manon, sent by her family to enter a convent but at the coach stop when her cousin was late in collecting her, a young man Des Grieux, attracted to her, persuades her to leave with him in a stolen coach, for Paris. This alone was a scandal! Come along for a continuation of the story.

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