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Manon, Massenet: LESCAUT

Manon

Composer : Jules Massenet
Librettist : Meilhac and Gille after Prévost’s novel
Venue and Dates : The Opera Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music
26, 29, 31 March, 4 April 1987
Conductor : David Lloyd-Jones
Director : Richard Jones
Designer : Richard Hudson
Lighting : David Cunningham
Performers :
Manon Lescaut : Sally Harrison
Le Chevalier des Grieux : Colin McKerracher
Lescaut : Simon Keenlyside
Le Comte des Grieux : Mark Glanville
Guillot de Morfontaine : Nigel Roberts
De Bretigny : John Davies
Pousette : Katherine Witney
Javotte : Helen Williams
Rosette : Louise Crane
La servante : Diana McNeillis
L’hôtelier : Peter Evans
Deux gardes : Andrew Bennett, Graham Webster
Un sergeant : Duncan MacKenzie
Le portier du séminaire : Richard Robinson
Rosalinde : Lesley Ross
“Les Élégantes” : Sara Fulgoni, Carolyn Hargreaves, Julie Mellor, Alison Rodger,
Michelle Walton, Sally Ann Wilks
Chorus and Orchestra of the RNCM
Notes : SK made his first stage appearance in 1987 at RNCM, as “a definitely corrupt” Lescaut in Manon. Opera magazine remarked on it being an “astonishingly mature” performance, and that he “used his warm and clear baritone with notable musicianship”.This was his only operatic achievement (apart from playing Donald in Billy Budd, 1985) prior to his professional debut as Count Almaviva in Hamburg later the same year.

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