Manon, Chicago, September /October 2008
As Manon’s love interest, Le Chevalier des Grieux, tenor Jonas Kaufmann complements Dessay wonderfully, with subtle tenderness and gorgeous outpourings of passion. Their duets—like the third-act reunion, “N’est-ce Plus Ma Main?,” where she begs him to return to her instead of becoming a priest—can be outright thrilling.

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