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Susan Hilferty's costumes were colorful, attractive, and aided the principals in their characterizations. Like the steam engine in the first scene, some of the dresses brought back memories of the fifties with their crinoline lined taffeta skirts. They were totally accurate in their representation of the period.

The finale of 'Manon'. Photo © 2006 Robert Millard
The finale of 'Manon'. Photo © 2006 Robert Millard

Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille based their libretto for this opera on Abbé Prévost's 1731 novel, Manon Lescaut. Jules Massenet composed the music for it in 1882 and 1883. The following year it was premièred at the Opéra Comique in Paris.

Hotel Transylvanie pole dance. Photo © 2006 Robert Millard
Hotel Transylvanie pole dance. Photo © 2006 Robert Millard

General Director Plácido Domingo conducted the performance on 5 October 2006. Although the overture had a few rough edges, the rest of the score was beautifully performed in idiomatic French style. Domingo has a unique rapport with the singers and it helped the entire cast put together a fine rendition of the score.

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Copyright © 15 October 2006 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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