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T.J. Medrek
Boston Herald, January 2009

"Success is guaranteed by the presence of America's favorite diva, Renee Fleming, captured here in a Paris Opera production directed by Gilbert Deflo and taped for French TV in 2001. Jesus Lopez-Cobos conducts with cast-inspiring muscle."

George Hall
BBC Music Magazine, February 2004

"Gilbert Deflo's staging, with minimal set but lavish period costumes, is consistently and inventive, telling the story clearly and effectively... Musical values are strong all round under the scrupulous baton of Jesus Lopez-Cobos. The filming has been intelligently done, with a resolute focus on the essentials of the action."

Sebastian Spreng
El Nuevo Herald, December 2003

T.J. Madrek
Boston Herald

"I asked Fleming to tell me what she'd recommend most among her many DVD and CD releases. She said she's especially proud of her performance on a TDK DVD in the title role of Massenet's opera "Manon," co-starring tenor Marcelo Alvarez and taped live at the Paris Opera."

Robert Croan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Documenting Renee Fleming's seminal portrayal of Massenet's heroine in a superlative Paris Opera production. Manon demands a lyric soprano with a high coloratura extension as well as dramatic fullness and breadth. Fleming fills the bill in every way, and she is strongly supported by the idiomatic conducting of Jesus Lopez-Cobos and the traditional, utterly convincing staging of Gilbert Deflo.

The entire recording, in fact, is nothing short of superlative...The DVD provides a total home theater experience of this work not previously attained. Fleming is surrounded by splendid singers and convincing singing actors. Marcelo Alvarez is a romantic tenor who can pour out passionate lyric lines and melt into the most tender thread of pianissimo, while Jean-Luc Chaignaud portrays Manon's cousin, Lescaut, with swaggering style and insinuating enunciation. It's hard to imagine a better personification of the elder des Grieux than the commanding figure and resonant bass of Alain Vernhes, nor a more vivid character singer than septuagenarian Michel Senechal as the foppish Guillot.

And so on down the line...This recording is a classic that should stand as a document of this work for decades to come. Four stars."

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