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Manon Lescaut 1956Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Puccini's version of the Manon story had not been performed in Britain for many years, when Carl Rosa mounted a new production in 1955 to a generally enthusiastic reception. It remains a rarity in London, even if Glyndebourne, Opera North and the Scottish and Welsh companies have all staged it.

A short review is given in the Glasgow Herald (11 May).

"...Puccini's Manon certainly sings well, and the cast last night sang it for all they were worth -  if not always intelligibly. Of the capable quartette of principals, John Heddle Nash impressed as Manon's sergeant brother, Donald Campbell as the lecherous de Ravoir.

Krystyna Granowska overplayed the typically Puccinian 'frail woman' leading part, but brought to it a voice of easy range and considerable dramatic power, while Charles Craig's sincere portrayal of the weakly Des Grieux was vocally equally pleasing.

The orchestra and chorus, though still unfinished, were potent factors in a swift-moving and well-worthwhile revival. Arthur Hammond conducted."


Cast details for Dundee from a programme in the Opera Scotland collection.

Performance DatesManon Lescaut 1956

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 May, 19.15 18 May, 19.15

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

26 Oct, 19.00

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