Friday, 29 April 2011

Manon Lescaut La Scala 1946

La Scala, badly damaged in August 1943
As per another request, here is act 3 of Manon Lescaut, performed at the re-opening of La Scala after the war in 1946. Toscanini returned to La Scala, where he had first conducted in the 1880s, re-connecting with his homeland after spending the war in the USA. The opera house had been badly damaged in August 1943, but three years later it was restored to its former glory.

La Scala on May 11, 1946
Giacomo Puccini:
Manon Lescaut (Act 3)
May 11, 1946.

Manon Lescaut… Mafalda Favero
Des Grieux…Giovanni Malipiero
Lescaut…Mariano Stabile
Un Lampionaio...Giuseppe Nessi
Il comandante...Carlo Forti

Orchestra and chorus of La Scala
Arturo Toscanini, conductor


  1. Thanks. This is a truly moving and memorable performance, in addition to being historic.

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