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October 13, 2019


Massenet's Manon

Angelo Mammano, Speaker

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Massenet's Manon, from its creation at the Paris Opéra-Comique on 19 January 1884 to the present day, has attracted many of the most illustrious and accomplished sopranos in the world.  Marie Heilbronn was the first, soon followed by Sybil Sanderson.  Some notable Manons have included Nellie Melba, Mary Garden, Geraldine Farrar, Grace Moore, Lucrezia Bori, Bidu Sayao, Eleanor Steber, Victoria de los Angeles, Licia Albanese, Dorothy Kirsten, Anna Moffo, Catherine Malfitano, Beverly Sills, Natalie Dessay,  Reneé Fleming, Diana Damrau and Anna Netrebko.   In 1974 Manon finally reached the stage of the Paris Opéra itself, with Ileana Cotrubas as the pleasure-seeking gamine

What does Manon possess that draws so many premières chanteuses to what Musical America in 1955 called "Massenet's irresponsible heroine"?  Perhaps we will discover what that is.  Qui sait?

 


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Date:
Sunday, October 13, 2019

Time:
2:00 - 4:30 PM

Place:
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main St, Watertown, MA

Telephone:
617.972.6431

Directions:

From the West: Take Route 20 East (Main Street)to Watertown Square. WFPL is at 123 Main Street.

From the East: Take Rte. 16 (Mt. Auburn St.) west. Turn right on Main Street. WFPL is at 123 Main Street.

Parking: Limited metered parking is in back of the library and on the street. All parking is metered - Sundays are free.

Public Transportation: The library is accessible via MBTA Bus routes Express 502, Express 504, 52, 57, 59, 70, 70A, and 71. It is less than a five minute walk to the library from the buses that arrive at Watertown Yard.

Upcoming presentations:


November 10: Ed Tapper
December 15: John B. Jarzavek


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