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This season, Opéra National de Paris (Paris Opera) presents a stunning production of Massenet’s Manon from the gorgeous venue Opera Bastille. Pretty Yende stars as Manon, with support from Benjamin Bernheim as Le Chevalier des Grieux and Ludovic Tézier as Lescaut among many others. Dan Ettinger conducts the Paris Opera Orchestra in this stellar performance.
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. (Description courtesy of Opéra National de Paris)
This program is a part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in June and lasts until the end of November.