Routine Manon

Sometimes one comes across a DVD that is perfectly adequate but one really wonders why that particular production/performance was picked for a DVD release.  Such is the 2014 recording of Massenet’s Manon from L’Opéra Royal de Wallonie.  Daniel Barenboim once said that the only reason to do this piece was a s a vehicle for star singers.  I’m not sure I entirely agree but having them helps enormously and when the catalogue already has recordings of Netrebko and Dessay, both with Villazon one wonders how Annick Massis and Alessandro Liberatore can compete.  Bottom line, they can’t really.

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