10 February 2014
WNO's new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut opened on Saturday night at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Critics and audience members have had their say throughout the weekend. If you were there or are coming to future performances, we would love to hear what you think. Let us know by tweeting @WNOtweet using #WNOmanon or joining us at facebook.com/welshnationalopera
The Telegraph said 'It is WNO’s admirable music director, Lothar Koenigs, who takes us to the true heart of the matter. His conducting cuts to the music’s nervous edge as well as surrendering to its hot erotic abandon, and he leads the orchestra into a thrillingly tense account of the opera’s superb third and fourth acts – Puccini’s first great achievement as an operatic dramatist'. Read more.
The Times praised WNO's Music Director saying 'Lothar Koenigs, the excellent conductor, making Puccini's youthful score sound so startingly experimental and encouraging such fizz in the playing'. Read more.