Massenet's most popular opera boldly explores women's passion for love.
Patricia Petibon | Manon Lescaut
Saimir Pirgu | Le Chevalier des Grieux
Artur Ruciński | Lescaut
Eric Huchet | Guillot de Morfontaine
Philippe Estèphe | Monsieur de Brétigny
Nicolas Testé | Le Comte des Grieux
Margot Genet | Poussette
Amandine Ammirati | Javotte
Clémence Poussin | Rosette
Daniele Rustioni | direction
Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Lyon
Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Lyon | direction Roberto Balistreri
Sung in French, with French and English subtitles
The Chevalier de Grieux and Manon, destined by her family for the convent, fall madly in love with each other. They run away together to the big city in order to live their love to the full. But this would be to ignore the weight of morality and the constraints of a society that is still very patriarchal and that will make them pay for their audacity and will lead them to a tragic conclusion. Here Massenet uses all the recipes of the comic opera (arias, duets, spoken dialogue) without ever falling into any kind of excess. The score is exceptionally beautiful with its famous arias and duets that have made many generations blush. Like Carmen ten years earlier, Manon, in a completely different genre, asserts a dazzling femininity. The quest for freedom and pleasure was to prove fatal for both of them.
COPRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Opéra national de Lyon En partenariat avec l’Auditorium-Orchestre national de Lyon