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Manon - English National Opera Guide 25

Manon - English National Opera Guide 25 $22.99

Jules Massenet

Published by John Calder Publications

English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera, providing stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original

The story of Manon Lescaut has become part of the European imagination: she is the funloving woman who is irresistible to men

Of Massenet's many operas, she inspired the most popular one, and this libretto shows his minute attention to detail in bringing the character and the period to life

This guide opens with a general survey of Massenet's career by the musicologist Gérard Condé, and includes two essays about this particular opera

Professor Hugh Macdonald explores the interplay of speech and song in Manon, and Massenet's genius for comedy

Professor Vivienne Mylne traces the sources and context of Prévost's novel

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