by Jules Massenet
My favorite recording of Manon, with Victoria de los Angeles in the title role, has been re-issued on Testament compact discs.  Available from
The libretto in French of Massenet's Manon can be found at
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The opera's libretto was based on the short novel Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost.
Martin Bernheimer wrote of this recording in Opera News of January 2002, "Victoria de los Angeles, radiant and poised, sweet and voluptuous as needed, was a stellar Hispanic guest in this ultra-Gallic milieu.  Her artful Manon is sensitively integrated, however, with Henri Legay's exquisitely articulated des Grieux fils, Jean Borthayre's patrician, gently sardonic des Grieux père and Michel Dens's debonair, ultra-suave Lescaut."
The recording of Manon with Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna has received a Grammy nomination in the category Best Opera Recording 2001.
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About this recording, Richard Fairman wrote in Gramophone of June 2001:

"Recorded in mono in 1955, the set fell at a unique point in the opera’s history on disc.  Previous recordings from the 78rpm era had captured the special Opéra-Comique spirit for posterity, but they hold limited sonic appeal to present-day collectors; later recordings have up-to-date sound, but their international casts generally cannot claim the same sense of style.  Only with this 1955 set do we get the best of both worlds."

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