12 > 27 September 2016
Opéra des Nations


Opera in 5 acts by Jules Massenet

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille based on the novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. First performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 19 January 1884.

New production in coproduction with the Opéra Comique, Paris

Sung in French with English and French surtitles
Duration : approx. 3:20 (with one intermission)

By abbé Prévost, Manon retains the power to seduce and move the audience: the work is often described as “tear-inducing”. Bordering of a femme fatale, is Manon the forerunner of Lulu, an anti-Mimì? Massenet, a subtle painter of amorous passion, delicately probes the recesses of the female soul and carries off a marvellous introspection, thanks to “music resonating with frissons, tremors and caresses that harken to eternity”, according to Claude Debussy. Massenet’s beautiful and sensual heroines are free women. The alluring Manon chooses pleasure at the expense of puritanical morality and arouses sympathy and compassion.

Audio description available on 25 September 2016 3PM and 27 September 2016 7:30PM

Musical Director Marko Letonja
Stage Director Olivier Py
Set & Costumes Designer Pierre-André Weitz
Stage assistant & Choreographer Daniel Izzo
Lighting Designer Bertrand Killy
Manon Lescaut Patricia Petibon
Le Chevalier des Grieux Bernard Richter
Lescaut Pierre Doyen
Gillot de Morfontaine Rodolphe Briand
Monsieur de Brétigny Marc Mazuir
Le Comte des Grieux Bálint Szabó
Poussette Seraina Perrenoud
Javotte Mary Feminear*
Rosette Marina Viotti*
Les deux gardes Romaric Braun & Phillip Casperd
L’Hôtelier Omar Garrido
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande  
*Member of The Young Artists in Residence Troupe  


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Sep 2016
Monday 12 |  7:30 pm
Thursday 15 |  7:30 pm
Saturday 17 |  7:30 pm
Monday 19 |  7:30 pm
Wednesday 21 |  7:30 pm
Friday 23 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 25 |  3 pm
Tuesday 27 |  7:30 pm