Great Performances at the Met: Manon
Premieres nationwide Sunday, January 5 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Season 14 of Great Performances at the Metpremieres Sunday, January 5 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) with Massenet’s French tale Manon. Soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as Manon, alongside tenor Michael Fabiano as Chevalier des Grieux, and Artur Ruciński (Lescaut), Brett Polegato (de Brétigny), Kwangchul Youn (Comte des Grieux) and Carlo Bosi (Guillot de Morfontaine) round out the cast. Maurizio Benini conducts.
Laurent Pelly’s production is set in France and begins with Lescaut waiting for the arrival of his young cousin Manon, who is on her way to enter a convent. Awaiting her coach, Manon is excited about her first journey away from home. Chevalier des Grieux arrives late and misses the coach to Paris. He sees Manon and falls in love instantly. She tells him that her fondness for pleasure led her family to send her to a convent. Looking to escape her future life as a nun, Manon and des Grieux escape together in Guillot de Morfontaine’s coach to Paris. In an effort to marry Manon, des Grieux writes to Manon’s father. Lescaut, using the argument of family honor offended, berates des Grieux for having abducted Manon, since Lescaut is trying to profit by setting Manon up with de Brétigny, a nobleman. De Brétigny informs Manon that Comte des Grieux is planning to kidnap him that evening; if she does nothing to prevent it, de Brétigny will give her a life of wealth and luxury. Torn between the two men, Manon must choose between a life of luxury and wealth with de Brétigny or a life with her love des Grieux. Soprano Nadine Sierra hosts.
Watch Massenet’s sensual opera with soprano Lisette Oropesa and tenor Michael Fabiano.
Watch Massenet’s sensual opera with tenor Michael Fabiano as the lovestruck Chevalier des Grieux who pines for the irresistible Manon played by soprano Lisette Oropesa in this revealing production from Laurent Pelly. Maurizio Benini conducts.
- Lisette Oropesa – Manon
- Michael Fabiano – Chevalier des Grieux
- Carlo Bosi – Guillot de Morfontaine
- Artur Ruciński – Lescaut
- Brett Polegato – de Brétigny
- Kwangchul Youn – Comte des Grieux
- Nadine Sierra – host
- Manon is based on the 1731 novel “Manon Lescaut” by Abbé Pré
Run time: 4 hours
- Maurizio Benini – Conductor
- Laurent Pelly – Production and Costume Designer
- Chantal Thomas – Set Designer
- Joël Adam – Lighting Designer
- Christian Räth – Associate Director
- Lionel Hoche – Choreographer
- Christian Räth – Revival Stage Director
For the Met, Gary Halvorson directs the telecast. Tim Martyn is Music Producer. Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are Supervising Producers, and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.
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