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Washington National Opera's 'Manon Lescaut': Puccini's first knocks it out of the park

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The Washington National Opera's brilliant revival of "Manon Lescaut" demonstrates that as early as 1893, when Giacomo Puccini was writing this, his first popular work, he knew well how to use music to make hearts beat faster and minds sympathize with his characters. "Manon Lescaut" is based on a novel by Abbe Prevost, and director John Pascoe wisely chooses to remind the audience continually of...

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