Manon

Live
Location
Opéra Bastille
Duration
3:20
Interval
2
Language
French
Subtitles
English,
French
Opera
Jules Massenet
Musical direction
Dan Ettinger
Stage direction
Vincent Huguet

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Manon

Main informations

When, in 1731, l’Abbé Prévost wrote L’Histoire du chevalier Des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut - the work that inspired Massenet’s Manon - he portrayed an entire era, that of the Regency, which saw the old order fade away and a new order, full of the promise of unprecedented freedom, rise from its ashes. Manon must make her way between these two worlds, fleeing the convent in order to embrace the paths of desire and transgression, throwing herself headlong into a burning and destructive passion with Des Grieux. A parenthesis opens, only to close again in suffering and obscurity. The director Vincent Huguet casts the work’s customary taffeta aside in order to bring out its violence to the full.

Manon
Artistic team

Opera comique in five acts (1884)
Music / Jules Massenet
Libretto / Henri Meilhac, Philippe Gille
After l’abbé Prévost

Musical direction / Dan Ettinger
Stage direction / Vincent Huguet
Sets / Aurélie Maestre
Costumes / Clémence Pernoud
Lighting design / Bertrand Couderc
Chorography / Jean-François Kessler
Dramaturgy / Louis Geisler
Chorus master / José Luis Basso

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Presented by Alain Duault
Directed by François-René Martin

Cast

Manon / Pretty Yende
Le Chevalier des Grieux / Benjamin Bernheim
Lescaut / Ludovic Tézier
Le Comte des Grieux / Roberto Tagliavini
Guillot de Morfontaine / Rodolphe Briand
De Brétigny / Pierre Doyen
Poussette / Cassandre Berthon
Javotte / Alix Le Saux
Rosette / Jeanne Ireland
L’Hôtelier / Philippe Rouillon
Deux Gardes / Julien Joguet, Laurent Laberdesque

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