Lyric meets challenges of ‘Manon Lescaut’

manon_death2_small.jpgBY WYNNE DELACOMA [Chicago Sun-Times, 2 November 2005]
If more than a few seasons go by without hearing from two of Puccini’s most beloved heroines, Tosca and Mimi, opera lovers the world over complain to their local opera companies. His Manon Lescaut, though hardly less alluring than the fragile seamstress of “La Boheme” or the self-assured Tosca, is another matter.