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03 Nov 2005

Stellar combo helps Lyric deliver winner,1,6668586.story?coll=chi-ent_music-hed

manon_deportation_small.jpgBy John von Rhein [Chicago Tribune, 2 November 2005]

"Manon Lescaut" is, first and foremost, a vehicle for two great singers. The general dearth of performers who can do justice to the formidable leading roles is the chief reason why Lyric Opera has not mounted Puccini's earliest success for 28 years.

For the handsome new production that opened Monday at the Civic Opera House, the Lyric has come up with opera's version of the classic one-two punch, casting two leading luminaries, Karita Mattila and Vladimir Galouzine, as the eponymous heroine and her lover, the Chevalier Des Grieux.

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