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Manon

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.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Apr 7, 2012
Composer
Jules Massenet
Librettist
Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille
Run Time
2 HRS 53 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Fabio Luisi
Manon
Anna Netrebko
Des Grieux
Piotr Beczala
Lescaut
Paulo Szot
Count des Grieux
David Pittsinger
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