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ClassicsOnline Home » PUCCINI, G.: Manon Lescaut [Opera] (Callas, Di Stefano, La Scala, Serafin) (1957)

PUCCINI, G.: Manon Lescaut [Opera] (Callas, Di Stefano, La Scala, Serafin) (1957)

Composer(s)Puccini, Giacomo
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.112031-32
Label / Series Naxos Historical / Great Opera Recordings
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

Transferred by the award-winning Mark Obert-Thorn, this 1957 recording of Manon Lescaut with Callas singing the title rôle and Di Stefano as des Grieux, was one of Callas’s last complete recordings at La Scala, Milan. Although the strain of her recent recording of Turandot (Naxos 8.111334–35) sometimes takes its toll, her command of Manon is complete. Those pages that are rarely sung accurately by other lyric sopranos, for example ‘L’ora, o Tirsi’ from Act II, Callas sings with polish and precision, executing the triplets with perfect rhythmic command.

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PUCCINI, G.: Manon Lescaut [Opera] (Callas, Di Stefano, La Scala, Serafin) (1957) 2:15:15   
  Manon Lescaut          
      Act I: Ave, sera gentile (Edmondo, Students, Girls, Des Grieux) 5:48       
      Act I: Tra voi, belle (Des Grieux, Edmondo, Students) 1:17       
      Act I: Ma bravo! (All) 1:52       
      Act I: Descendono, vediam! (Students, Girls, Edmondo, Lescaut, Innkeeper, Des Grieux, Geronte) 2:09       
      Act I: Cortese damigella (Des Grieux, Manon) 4:14       
      Act I: Donna non vidi mai (Des Grieux) 2:28       
      Act I: La tua ventura, ci rassicura (Edmondo, Students, Girls, Geronte, Lescaut) 3:53       
      Act I: Un asso! Un fante (Townspeople, Students, Lescaut, Geronte, Innkeeper, Edmondo) 2:25       
      Act I: La tua Proserpina di resisterti (Edmondo, Des Grieux) 2:13       
      Act I: Vedete? Io son fedele alla parola mia (Manon, Des Grieux) 4:02       
      Act I: Non c'e piu vino? (Lescaut, Des Grieux, Manon, Edmondo) 1:44       
      Act I: Di sedur la sorellina e il momento! (Geronte, Innkeeper, Edmondo, Lescaut, Students) 4:09       
      Act II: Dispettosetto questo riccio! (Manon, Lescaut) 2:39       
      Act II: Sei splendida e lucente! (Lescaut, Manon) 2:24       
      Act II: In quelle trine morbide (Manon) 2:15       
      Act II: Poiche tu voi saper … (Lescaut, Manon) 2:55       
      Act II: Che ceffi son costor? (Lescaut, Manon, Madrigal Singer, Singers) 3:32       
      Act II: Vi prego, signorina (Dancing Master, Geronte, Manon, Gentleman, Abbes) 5:34       
      Act II: L'ora, o Tirsi (Manon, Gentleman, Abbes, Geronte) 3:03       
      Act II: Oh, saro la piu bella! (Manon, Des Grieux) 8:17       
      Act II: Ah! … Affe, madamigella (Manon, Geronte, Des Grieux) 3:10       
      Act II: Ah, Manon, mi tradisce (Des Grieux, Manon) 2:35       
      Act II: Lescaut! Tu qui? (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut, Sergeant, Geronte) 3:29       
  Manon Lescaut          
      Act II: Intermezzo 5:18       
      Act III: Ansia eternal, crudel! (Des Grieux, Lescaut) 2:49       
      Act III: Manon! Des Grieux! (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut) 1:42       
      Act III: E Kate rispose al Re (Lamplighter, Des Grieux, Manon) 2:54       
      Act III: All'armi! (Voices, Lescaut, Des Grieux, Manon, Townspeople, Sergeant, Captain) 1:49       
      Act III: Rosetta! (Sergeant, Townspeople, Lescaut, Manon, Des Grieux) 3:56       
      Act III: Presto! In fila! Marciate! … No! Pazzo son! Guardate! (Sergeant, Des Grieux, Townspeople, Captain) 3:36       
      Act IV: Tutta su me ti posa (Des Grieux, Manon) 3:37       
      Act IV: Vedi, son io che piango (Des Grieux, Manon) 3:51       
      Act IV: E nulla! Nulla! (Des Grieux, Manon) 3:21       
      Act IV: Sola, perduta, abbandonata (Manon) 4:09       
      Act IV: Fra le tue braccia, amore (Manon, Des Grieux) 7:01       
  Tosca, Act I: Recondita armonia 3:16       
  La Fanciulla del West, Act III: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano 2:22       
  Gianni Schicchi: Avete torto … Firenze e come un albero fiorito 3:19       
  Turandot (excerpts)          
      Act I: Non piangere, Liu! 2:44       
      Act III: Nessun dorma! 3:24       
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