The Metropolitan Opera revives Laurent Pelly's exhilarating for the 2019/20 season, starring Lisette Oropesa as the titular leading lady. A glittering ode to the very height of the Belle Epoque era, Jules Massenet's tale of lovers invites you to enter the world of fashionable, sensual Paris and meet Manon and her handsome lover Chevalier des Grieux. From convent girl to femme fatale of the demimonde, Manon's sprawling tale features betrayal, passion, scheming relatives and romance, all in all, the perfect opera!
Based on L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost, Manon follows the titular heroine from young country girl to courtesan when she is waylaid on her way to a convent by her erstwhile cousin Lescaut. Having caught the eye of elderly rake Guillot Morfontaine who wishes to make her his mistress, she is transported to his carriage. But before Guillot can get his hands on her she stumbles across De Grieux, a student. Falling in love instantly the two elope to the city. But Guillot is furious to have lost his prize and sends Lescaut to retrieve her, thus beginning an adventure that will keep you transfixed to the very end.
Opening night: 24 September 2019
Approximately three hours and 52 minutes with two intermissions
Lisette Oropesa as Manon
Michael Fabiano as Chevealier des Greiux
Carlo Bosi as Gulliot de Morfontaine
Artur Rucinski as Lescaut
Brett Polegato as de Bretigny
Kwangchul Youn as Comte des Grieux
Conductors - Maurizio Benini
Composer - Massenet
Liberettists - Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille
Production - Laurent Pelly
Set Design - Chantal Thomas
Costume Design - Lionel Houche
Lighting Design - Joel Adam
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