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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | March 2, 1995
"Manon," Kenneth MacMillan's star-studded ballet that opened American Ballet Theatre's engagement at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday night, is a morality tale in a soap opera.The story revolves around Manon, danced with wonderful abandon by Amanda McKerrow, a convent-bound teen-ager who makes bad decisions. She chooses physical love over the spiritual, then money over love, and consequently destroys her friends, her true love and herself.The music of Jules Massenet moves "Manon" along through its three acts.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
It's easy to find opera lovers who dismiss the present state of the art in favor of some distant "golden age. " Actually, it has always been that way. Folks who now wax nostalgic about, say, the heyday of Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli would have run into people back then saying, "You think this is great? You should have heard Ponselle and Martinelli. " And, of course, in the indisputably grand era of Caruso, you just know someone in the audience would have been going on and on about how much better it was back when Jean de Reszke was in his prime.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | April 22, 1995
Here's what separates Barbara Daniels from her violinist daughter and her horn-playing husband."They can put their instruments in their cases," says the well-known soprano, who will sing the title role tonight in the Baltimore Opera Company's production of "Manon Lescaut.""But Mom wakes up and goes to sleep with the instrument in her throat. Other musicians can take the mouthpieces out of their instruments, close the lid of their pianos and put their fiddles in their cases. A singer is his or her instrument and subject to weather, pollen, depression and joy."
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By DEAN JONES JR | October 5, 2008
Despite the presence of several young relievers with potential in the system, a 35-year-old journeyman who pitched for the Bowie Baysox earned the top spot in my list. That's right, I think Julio Manon had the finest statistics in the organization. Manon led the Eastern League with 32 saves and he was one of the main reasons that Bowie made the playoffs for the first time since 1997. He had 80 strikeouts and a 3.39 ERA in 63 2/3 innings. That doesn't mean Manon has any potential to help the Orioles in the future.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 18, 2000
Manon Lescaut, the original Material Girl, remains one of the most beguiling figures in opera. She can be found onstage at the Peabody Institute this weekend, turning heads, acquiring possessions and hearts with dizzying speed, letting morality hit the fan. To open its season, Peabody Opera Theatre is offering a mostly effective student production of Massenet's "Manon," one of several adaptations of a rather racy, early 18th-century novel by Antoine-Francois Prevost....
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By DEAN JONES JR | October 5, 2008
Despite the presence of several young relievers with potential in the system, a 35-year-old journeyman who pitched for the Bowie Baysox earned the top spot in my list. That's right, I think Julio Manon had the finest statistics in the organization. Manon led the Eastern League with 32 saves and he was one of the main reasons that Bowie made the playoffs for the first time since 1997. He had 80 strikeouts and a 3.39 ERA in 63 2/3 innings. That doesn't mean Manon has any potential to help the Orioles in the future.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | May 3, 2006
Let's take a look at that bullpen. Sendy Rleal, Kurt Birkins, Julio Manon. That's exactly how I imagined it last winter. And we must not forget that Cory Morris, Chris Britton and Eddy Rodriguez passed through. I know many of you were willing to hold open the door for Jim Brower on his way out. I can't say that I blame you, given his results. But do you really feel better about this unit with Birkins and Manon in the fold? If so, that speaks volumes about this bullpen. Anyone can be anointed a savior.
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March 28, 1993
Classic will issue its first minor-league hockey set this month. There will be 150 cards, including a seven-card subset of Atlanta goalkeeper Manon Rheaume, who has autographed 6,500 randomly inserted cards. There are 24 AHL and IHL all-stars and other NHL prospects, including exclusives Dallas Drake, Rob Gaudreau (pictured), Darrin Madeley, Scott Pellerin and Scott Thomas, who won't appear in NHL sets.
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July 24, 1991
Helen Meany Gravis, 86, who won the gold medal in women's 3-meter springboard diving at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at her home in Old Greenwich, Conn. Helen Meany first qualified for the Olympics as a 15-year-old but won no medals in 1920 at Antwerp, Belgium, nor in the 1924 Games in Paris. In Amsterdam, she became the first American woman to compete in three consecutive Olympics. She was named to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1971.Henri Bourelly, an actor who performed under the stage name Rellys in several films directed by Marcel Pagnol, died Tuesday at age 83 in Marseille, France.
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By ROCH KUBATKO and ROCH KUBATKO,SUN REPORTER | May 3, 2006
Kurt Birkins was relaxing in Triple-A Ottawa's clubhouse on Sunday, watching the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff game, until his television time was interrupted by manager Dave Trembley. That's when Birkins found out the Orioles wanted to purchase his contract. His head still spinning, Birkins returned to his seat and saw Kobe Bryant hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer. "It doesn't get any better than that," Birkins said. The Orioles need their bullpen to get better, which prompted yesterday's moves.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | April 24, 2007
Sure, hot hitting by Miguel Tejada and Nick Markakis has played a big role in the Orioles' fast start. So, apparently, has clubhouse camaraderie, although winning always casts that in a better light. But there's no mistaking the key ingredient: better pitching, better pitching, better pitching. Did I mention better pitching? After last night's game at Camden Yards, the Orioles' average per-game run production of 4.84 is in the neighborhood of last season's 4.74 average, but the pitching staff's collective ERA of 3.96 is considerably better than last season's 5.35 team ERA. The revamped bullpen has been spectacular, and the starters, though not as dominating, have kept the team close when they don't have their best stuff.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter | September 7, 2006
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Manager Sam Perlozzo saw enough disturbing signs in the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels in 10 innings Tuesday that he planned to hold a team meeting before yesterday's series finale. But Perlozzo slept on it and decided to meet just with his catcher and starting infielders, a group that includes several team leaders. Perlozzo spoke with Ramon Hernandez, Kevin Millar, Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada and Melvin Mora for about 15 minutes, urging them to stay positive and play within themselves.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | August 1, 2006
A member of the Orioles' organization walked into the clubhouse around 4 p.m. yesterday and said, "Black smoke, not white." In baseball circles, that means no trades. Miguel Tejada strolled in about five minutes later, shook hands with reliever Julio Manon and headed toward his locker. Just another day at Camden Yards. Tejada wasn't traded. After all the talk, all the rumors, all the speculation ... nothing happened. Tejada said he wasn't surprised, since he still has three years left on his contract.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | May 21, 2006
WASHINGTON // He had a two-run lead against one of the worst offensive teams in the major leagues. Orioles starter Rodrigo Lopez had already gotten two outs in the fifth inning and had retired 10 straight Nationals hitters. Then, it happened. It always seems to happen to Lopez this season. He'll seemingly be in complete control and then he'll suddenly lose it, sometimes by throwing one bad pitch, other times a series of them. His latest meltdown started innocently enough with Robert Fick's two-out single in the fifth.
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By ROCH KUBATKO and ROCH KUBATKO,SUN REPORTER | May 3, 2006
Kurt Birkins was relaxing in Triple-A Ottawa's clubhouse on Sunday, watching the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff game, until his television time was interrupted by manager Dave Trembley. That's when Birkins found out the Orioles wanted to purchase his contract. His head still spinning, Birkins returned to his seat and saw Kobe Bryant hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer. "It doesn't get any better than that," Birkins said. The Orioles need their bullpen to get better, which prompted yesterday's moves.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 29, 2004
The massive, omnipresent object hanging at a diagonal across the stage in the Washington National Opera's appealing new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut puts everything into sharp perspective. It's the flat, well-worn blade of a guillotine, a reminder of what's in store for all the preening Parisian aristocrats and their retinues -- the obscenely rich, indulgent class that Manon finds so irresistible -- come the revolution. Puccini probably never considered this 1893 opera, his first international success, to be a morality lesson about French history; he preferred to boil a story down to plain old romance and tragedy, centered around a sympathetic, if flawed, woman.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | April 29, 1995
The best thing about yesterday evening's uninspiring Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert in Meyerhoff Hall was the soloist, guitarist Manuel Barrueco.Barrueco, who teaches at the Peabody Conservatory, is one of our greatest guitarists. He has a command of the instrument that includes virtuosity all the more impressive for its unobtrusiveness; remarkable dynamic control, and a supple rhythm that endows his performances with almost improvisational freedom. That he is also a great musician was obvious from the way he played the slow movement in Vivaldi's Concerto in D -- one of the two concerto's on yesterday's program.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 18, 2000
Manon Lescaut, the original Material Girl, remains one of the most beguiling figures in opera. She can be found onstage at the Peabody Institute this weekend, turning heads, acquiring possessions and hearts with dizzying speed, letting morality hit the fan. To open its season, Peabody Opera Theatre is offering a mostly effective student production of Massenet's "Manon," one of several adaptations of a rather racy, early 18th-century novel by Antoine-Francois Prevost....
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