Why See Metropolitan Opera: Manon Lescaut?
sir Richard Eyre's epic production returns
Sir Richard Eyre's production sees Puccini's opera move from 18th century France to World War II occupied Paris, with Sonya Yoncheva as Manon Lescaut and Marcelo Alvarez as the Chevalier des Grieux. It's a tale of obsessive love and tragedy, made even more epic by Sir Eyre's impressive eye!
What is Manon Lescaut about
Manon is a country girl being escorted to a convent for her own safety, following the Nazi occupation of France in WW2. However, at an inn, she escapes with the poor student Des Grieux, who has fallen in love with her. An older gentleman Geronte, who had conspired with her brother to take her as his mistress is furious.
In Paris, Manon is given a femme fatale makeover, and becomes a celebrated society girl, having left Des Grieux for Geronte, but she simply cannot forget about their love. When the Germans start cracking down on the Parisian excess, Manon is interred in prison under suspicion of being a spy, with her brother and Des Grieux attempting to break her out, causing her brother to lose his life in the failed attempt.
Manon is sentenced to be transported abroad, but she and Des Grieux find themselves in an unfamiliar castle, where she is deathly ill. As Des Grieux attempts to find help, she lapses in and out of consciousness and finally dies in his arms.
Opening night: 28 April 2020
Sung in Italian with titles in Italian, English, German and Spanish
Three hours and seven minutes with two intermissions
Cast and Creative
Sonya Yoncheva as Manon
Marcelo Alvarez as Chevalier des Grieux
Kang Wang as Edmondo
Elchin Azizov as Lescaut
Brindley Sherratt as Geronte
Conductor - Richard Farnes
Composer - Puccini
Production - Sir Richard Eyre
Set Design - Rob Howell
Costume Design - Fotini Dimou
Lighting Design - Peter Mumford
Choreography - Sara Erde
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