1973 Manon Lescaut

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This production marked a turning-point for Seattle Opera. With sets and costumes by John Naccarato and stage direction by the company’s newly-hired, excellent Dutch director, Frans Boerlage, the show was the first “complete Seattle Opera production.” Marcella Reale returned for a commanding appearance as Puccini's coquettish vixen. Opera News pronounced the production “up to the . . . standards of any world stage.”