Manon—Ghost/Angel (Manon, Massenet)

Manon Lescaut’s triumphant rise to fame and fortune, followed by her devastating fall into poverty and despair, was a tremendous vehicle for the myriad talents of famed soprano Beverly Sills, a longtime champion of New York City Opera. Here, a duplicate of the billowing golden gown worn by Sills in the role of Manon is transformed to highlight the costume’s gossamer silhouette, its weightless sweep assuming the form of an angel. Set in the center of the Promenade facing the plaza of Lincoln Center, Manon’s outstretched arms welcome the audience into the David H. Koch Theater.

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