Music review: Manon Lescaut, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Manon Lescaut, Usher Hall, Edinburgh * * * * *
And that is made clear in this riveting concert presentation by Deutsche Oper Berlin, headlined by a cast that fired on every cylinder.
Last-minute cast changes proved inconsequential. Jorge de Léon, soaring effortlessly time and again to the tenor stratosphere, captured the irrepressible passion of Des Grieux, a highly-charged counterfoil to the menacing intensity of Carlos Chausson’s Geronte. Ya-Chung Huang’s matter-of-fact Edmondo and Thomas Lehman’s scheming Lescaut, among others, lent no-nonsense support. But what a performance from Sondra Radvanovsky as the opera’s eponymous heroine, a voice of infinite power and range; of shifting moods, from the roast chestnut rasp of the lower register to the transfixing power and purity of her top notes.