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Met Live - Manon
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 11:00AM
917 Mt Baker Road
A take on the quintessentially French tale of the beautiful young woman who is incapable of forsaking both love and luxury, Massenet’s Manon features one of the truly unforgettable, irresistible, and archetypal female characters in opera. While the story is firmly set in class and gender issues of the past, the character of Manon herself is timeless, convincing, and familiar. The opera has been a success ever since its premiere, championed by a diverse roster of singers who have cherished its dramatic opportunities, exalted style, and ravishing music.
Making her role debut as the title heroine is American soprano Lisette Oropesa, who won both the Met’s Beverly Sills Artist Award and the Richard Tucker Award earlier this year.
Michael Fabiano—a fellow winner of both the Sills and Tucker prizes—co-stars as Manon’s lover, the Chevalier des Grieux, alongside Artur Rucińskias Manon’s cousin Lescautand Kwangchul Youn as the Chevalier’s father, the Comte des Grieux. Carlo Bosi,as Guillot de Morfontaine,and Brett Polegato, in his Met debut as de Brétigny, round out the principal cast. Maurizio Benini conducts Laurent Pelly’s production,which transports the action from its original 18th-century setting t othe Belle Époque era of late 19th-centuryParis.