October 28, 1929 - The night before the “Black Tuesday” stock market crash. “The Dowager Mrs. Cornelieus Vanderbilt” and guests sit in the Diamond Horseshoe tiers of boxes on opening night of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Metropolitan Opera House, NY
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Manon Lescaut. Adolphe-William Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905). Oil on canvas. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
Manon Lescaut (L'Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut) is a short novel by French author Abbé Prévost. Published in 1731, it is the seventh and final volume of Mémoires et aventures d'un homme de qualité (Memoirs and Adventures of a Man of Quality). It was controversial in its time and was banned in France upon publication. Despite this, it became very popular and pirated editions were widely distributed.
Kristine Opolais as Manon in Manon Lescaut, Royal Opera House, June 2014. Photograph by Bill Cooper.
Opolais has few opportunities for the vocal colour and inflection she does so well, but she absolutely nails the love-hungry thrust of the big Act Two duet, lost and abandoned midway up the stage on the desert highway. How good it is, too, to believe instantly when the chorus sing about a “beautiful young girl” or Lescaut of a “handsome young man.” And both are stage naturals on whom all eyes are fixed.