"Oh, I may be devout, but I am human all the same"- Moliere
Manon Lescaut is one of opera's most fallible heroines- a girl whose heart is torn between a life of love, and one of luxury. And who are we to judge? Maria Gulgehina and José Cura star in a vibrant re-telling of Puccini's tender opera.
(José Cura, Maria Guleghina, Orchestra of La Scala Milan, Riccardo Muti. DG recording)
Sunday December 8th
A treat for children, young and old- Tales from the Opera ventures into the woods with Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, in an exquisite re-telling of the classic fairytale.
(Recording details: Elisabeth Grummer/ Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/ Philharmonia Orchestra/ Herbert von Karajan)
Sunday December 15th
God forbid it had ended happily- Verona might have had another happily married couple on its books, but the world would have been denied perhaps the greatest story of first love and implacable tragedy. Tales from the Opera celebrates the doomed romance of Roméo et Juliette, in Charles Gounod's lyrical setting.