Broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 7th, with a performance of Manon by Jules Massenet, with a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. It was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on January 19, 1884. The Met's performance will run approximately four hours and five minutes.
What is more desirable: true love or a life of wealth and privilege? Manon decides in favor of the latter and the consequences are disastrous. Anna Netrbko gives a dazzling portrayal of Massenet's tragic heroine in the Met's new production, directed by Laurent Pelly, which appeared first at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. "Manon is an adventure that amuses, moves and frightens us," says Pelly. "The title character is lively, free, young - and she manipulates all the men around her for her own pleasure." Piotr Beczala (as Chevalier des Grieux) and Paulo Szot (as Lescaut) also star, with the Met's Fabio Liusi on the podium.