Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Apr. 7, 2012)
Composer: Jules Massenet
Librettist: Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille
Luisi; Netrebko, Beczala, Szot, Pittsinger
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 53 min.
Star soprano Anna Netrebko scored a triumph in Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed 2012 production, singing the title heroine for the first time at the Met. Manon’s story—from innocent country girl to celebrated courtesan to destitute prisoner—is one of the great tragic tales in literature and music, and this performance brings out all of its colors, as seen through Massenet’s masterful score, from the comedic beginning to the heart-wrenching finale. Piotr Bezcala is des Grieux, Manon’s lover, who decides to become a priest when she leaves him, but ultimately is reunited with her, only to lose her again. Paulo Szot sings Lescaut, and Fabio Luisi conducts the Met Orchestra and Chorus.