Another excellent DVD just came my way: Lehnhoff´s production of Henze´s first opera, the Manon Lescaut-story Boulevard Solitude from 1952, here in a 2007 Lehnhoff production from Barcelona, also seen a couple of years ago at the London Royal Opera.
Nikolaus Lehnhoff´s simplistic staging evolves around a waiting hall with people continuously passing by, which sets the right backdrop for Henze´s score, of which the inspirations range from 12-tone music to jazz. Fine performances from protagonists Laura Aikin (Manon), Tom Fox (her brother) and Pär Lindskog (des Grieux).
Also nice to see Henze walk to the brink of the orchestra pit to receive standing ovations after the performance.
An excerpt with Laura Aikin:
The bottom line (scale of 1-5, 3=average):
Laura Aikin: 4-5
Tom Fox: 4-5
Pär Lindskog: 4
Lehnhoff´s staging: 4
Zoltan Pesko: 4
Overall impression: 4