Dust off your bow-ties and stilettos, the Minnesota Opera Season has officially begun!
Written by: Chrissi
The 2013-2014 season kicked off this past Saturday, September 21st with Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Minnesota Opera favorite, Kelly Kaduce, starred in the role of Manon. Dinyar Vania played opposite Kaduce in the role of The Chevalier des Grieux. The wealthy antagonist, Geronte de Ravoir was played by Andrew Wilkowske. Also, not to be missed, MN Opera Resident Artist Matthew Opitz played the role of Lescaut, Manon’s brother. As I have come to expect from the MN Opera, the talent of the cast was exceptional. Certainly, not to be overlooked was the massive chorus involved in this production, not to mention the talented orchestra that consistently supports the opera so well.
While I could speak at length to the talent of the musicians, it was the work of the artistic staff that took my breath away. The set, lighting, and costumes were gorgeous. Within the story, the multiple settings were often starkly contrasting, whether it were the beautiful home of Geronte or the barren desert of Louisiana. The set design maintained a common theme while beautifully expressing each location. A lovely touch was the subtle use of mirrors in Geronte’s home as a representation of Manon’s vanity. The use of projection was also a notable feature. Text was projected onto, essentially, a giant piece of parchment, allowing for the story to continue between set changes. Visually, this production was beautiful and engaging, serving as a continuation of the story being told on stage.
Manon Lescaut was a perfect way to begin the 2013-2014 season. It was a slap in the face reminder of my love for opera. Cheers to a great season to come!
Don’t miss Manon Lescaut!
Dates: September 24, 26, 28, 29
Location: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
St. Paul, MN 55102