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February 08, 2006

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Publication Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Artscene: 'Manon Lescaut' opens on West Bay Opera stage Artscene: 'Manon Lescaut' opens on West Bay Opera stage (February 08, 2006)

Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" opens on the West Bay Opera stage Saturday, February 18, for a two-weekend run.

Performances will be in the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

A free preview is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 9, at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto.

The production is the West Bay premiere of the four-act opera, first performed in Turin in 1893. It tells the ultimately tragic story of a sociable young woman who must choose between two lovers -- one who offers passion, the other a life of luxury.

Sopranos Olga Chernisheva and Paula Goodman Wilder alternate in the role of Manon.

Other lead singers in alternating performances are tenors Gabriel Reoyo-Pazos and Percy Martinez as the Chevalier des Grieux; and baritones Daniel Cilli and Igor Vieira as Lescaut.

Matthias Kuntzsch is music director and conductor, and David Ostwald is stage director. The opera will be performed in Italian, with English supertitles.

Evening performances are at 8 p.m. on February 18, 24 and 25. Sunday matinees on February 19 and 26 are at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $50, general, except for the February 24 performance, when admission is $46. Youth tickets are half-price.

For reservations or more information, call 424-9999 Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or log on at

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