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The only Manon you will ever want to listen to.
Her voice itself continues to astonish with its beauty, its ability to be both light and dark at the same time creates the character as much as her vocal acting.
The Manon of Angela Gheorghiu is every bit as convincing and as well sung as that of the legendary Victoria de los Angeles on the classic Monteux version.
When I buy opera CDs, I usually tend to buy those featuring Alagna & Gheourgiu b/c I am never disappointed. This CD is no exception. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by K
This recording cannot stand up to Sills' Manon, and on its own terms is not at all good. Angela Gheorghiu is, as usual, off pitch, and Alagna sounds worn out and not at all into... Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by Daniel G. Madigan
I have to say, I have never been a fan of Angela Gheorghiu or Roberto Alagna. I was severely displeased with her performance in La Boheme last season at the Met, and I was hesitant... Read morePublished on August 22, 2008 by M. Jacobson
I think my "title" pretty much sums up my response to this "Manon". The overall sound is rich, even lush; but I find very little character in the leads, especially Gheorghiu. Read morePublished on May 31, 2006 by Esteban Molina
Made in 1999, the year after they recorded Werther, Alagna and Gheorghiu were already moving toward big-voice roles. In her case the move was a natural growth. Read morePublished on May 28, 2006 by Santa Fe Listener
After hearing this sensational Manon with the marvelously gifted Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna, I have fantasized about these two putting on operas that have not been sung... Read morePublished on February 24, 2006
Other than Renee Fleming's recent Manon release, this studio recording of Manon is considered a superb rendition, especially because today's hottest opera couple - Roberto Alagna... Read morePublished on February 24, 2006
Gheorghiu sings beautifully, in bad French.
Alagna, who is French, yells like a bad Italian tenor; and his French is worse than his wife's: garbled and gargled; he... Read more
Well, a "Manon in French" might seem a little bit odd for a review title of an opera written in French, but so many non native French speakers have sung it that it is with great... Read morePublished on September 7, 2002 by "danielinyaracuy"