Lescaut in “Manon” at San Francisco Opera

December 5th, 2017

Parterre Box

“In the role of Manon’s jealous and domineering cousin, Lescaut, David Pershall offered a sinister foil to Fabiano’s hot-blooded genuineness.”

Opera War Horses

“Pershall left a strong impression as a scalawag whose announced purpose, “to save his family’s honor”, was invariably self-serving.”

Opera War Horses (a second look)

“Pershall’s solid Lescaut neatly framed an amoral youth on the make.”

SF Civic Center

“David Pershall as Lescaut… transformed what can be an obnoxious character into a charming “bon vivant.””

Opera Today

“Excellent companions to the Manon of Ms. Dehn and the des Grieux of Mr. Fabiano were des Grieux’ father (an exact echo of La traviata’s Germont), richly intoned by age appropriate bass James Creswell, Manon’s sleazy cousin Lescaut cockily delivered by baritone David Pershall and Lescaut’s rich friend de Bretigny intoned by elegant and worldly Timothy Mix.”

San Francisco Classical Voice

“Singers of the smaller roles (of which Manon has a lot) earned their applause as well, including David Pershall’s crackly Lescaut”

San Francisco Examiner

“Also giving solid accounts were baritone David Pershall as an energetic Lescaut, Manon’s cousin; tenor Robert Brubaker as an enviously leering Guillot de Morfontaine; baritone Timothy Mix as Manon’s sugar daddy wannabe De Brétigny; and soprano Monica Dewey as Pousette”

Bay Area Reporter

“Baritone David Pershall was sympathetic as Manon’s cousin Lescaut”

Strange Pegs Blogspot

“I also really enjoyed David Pershall as Lescaut, Manon’s cousin.”

Huffington Post

“DAVID PERSHALL – The Ideal Lescaut in Massenet’s “Manon””
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