Witness the most enduring work of German composer Jules Massenet as it is revived at the Metropolitan stage. With stars of the operatic world such as Michael Fabiano and Lisette Oropesa at its helm, Manon promises to be an unforgettable performance of epic proportions! Do not miss Massenet’s sensual score!
Why Watch Manon
Composed by Jules Massenet, Manon is a five-act opera and is one of the most popular operas performed today. It premiered in Paris in 1884, going on to become Massenet’s most enduring opera. The charm and vitality of the music are what set it apart from other operas of its generation. Manon is a quintessential example of the Belle Epoque era of Paris and Laurent Pelly’s production hits the nail on the head. The inspired arias for the title character are some of the best parts of the opera. The conductor, Maurizio Benini, is known for his unique style and allows the singers to have ample time for their arias, which is imperative to allow the opera to live up to its potential.
The composition is also famous for featuring some of the most unforgettable and irresistible female characters in opera. American operatic soprano Lisette Oropesa takes on the lead role of the Massenet composition. Having performed in operas by Handel and Mozart to Rossini and Puccini, Oropesa has quickly risen to become one of the most sought after vocalists in the opera community. She also won the two biggest prizes for opera in the United States, the Beverly Sills Award and the Richard Tucker Award in 2019. Starring alongside her is tenor Michael Fabiano, also a recipient of the two biggest awards of opera.
Guillot de Morfontaine and de Breigtney are having dinner with three young women. Meanwhile, the townspeople are waiting for the arrival of a coach from Arras. One of the people, Lescaut is waiting for the arrival of his young cousin, Manon who is to enter a convent. Just as Manon gets off the coach, she is accosted by the opportunistic Guillot who informs her that they can leave to Paris together. Just then Lescaut arrives and lectures Manon on proper behaviour.
Chevalier des Grieux arrives late to catch the coach to Paris, and on seeing Manon, falls in love with her at first sight. When he heard from Manon that she is being sent to a convent due to her fondness for pleasure, he is determined to save her from such a fate. They escape from the area in his coach. When Lescaut returns and finds Manon missing, he accuses Guillot of kidnapping her. Guillot is mocked by the people due to the accusation, causing him to see red and swear revenge.
Will the eloping couple live happily ever after, or will Lescaut find out where exactly they escaped to? Are there other events already set into motion that threaten to separate this love-stricken couple?
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Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 8 and up.
The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800.
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Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA
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