HARLEY and BARKER (Light Duets)
JOCK WALKER in Some Scotch'
JAMES DONOVAN (Saxophone)
HELEN ALSTON (Songs at the Piano)
TOMMY HANDLEY (The Wireless Comedian)
PHILIP BROWN 'S DOMINOES DANCE BAND
Relayed from the Royal Opera House, Covent
PUCCINI'S opera, one of several founded on the Abbé Prevost's novel, was produced at Turin in 1893 and London heard it for the first time in May of the following year. It has always been one of the most popular of Puccini's operas, and the second Act especially includes more ' than one number which is constantly heard apart from its context.
Manon has deserted the Chevalier des Grieux in favour of the wealthy Geronte who can give her all the luxury on which her affections are set; and yet, in the second Act we hear her complaining to her brother Leseaut that in these surroundings there is something which chills her spirit. Deep in her heart she is still longing for her liandsome young lover. Singers come to entertain her, by Géronte's wish. and there is a charming madrigal. Then a dancing master arrives and with Geronte and others who have come in, Manon has a lesson in the Minuet. After the dance, when all but Manon have gone, des Grieux hurries in. Lescaut has told him where he can find Manon, and there is a passionate love duet. Geronte comes back and surprises the two young people, pretending to sympathize with them, although he has really told the authorities of their culpable conduct. Manon's brother, who has learned this, warns Manon, but before making her escape, she insists on collecting, as far as she can, the jewels Géronte has lavished on her. The delay proves to be her undoing; the police arrive and arrest her on Geronte's allegation that she is a woman of bad character. She is sentenced to banishment, and the journey to Havre where she is to embark with other women prisoners, is presented in an orchestral interlude between this Act and the third.
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