Opéra de Paris


In Cinemas 31 Oct, 1 & 4 Nov 2020
Dan Ettinger
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Pretty Yende (Manon), Benjamin Bernheim (Le Chevalier des Grieux), Ludovic Tézier (Lescaut), Roberto Tagliavini (Le Comte des Grieux)
Jules Massenet

Vincent Huguet
Set Design
Aurélie Maestre
3h55 incl. 2 intervals.
Sung in French, with English subtitles.
Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 10 Mar 2020
Official Event Listing

Comic opera in five acts (1884)

New Production! When, in 1731, Abbé Prévost wrote L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, Jules Massenet’s inspiration, he portrayed an entire era, that of the Regency, which saw the old order fade away and a new one, full of the promise of unprecedented freedom, rise. Manon (the brilliant Pretty Yende) must make her way between these two worlds, fleeing the convent in order to embrace the paths of desire and transgression, throwing herself headlong into a burning and destructive passion with Des Grieux (Benjamin Bernheim).

Set in the interwar period of the 20th Century, director Vincent Huguet’s new production casts the work’s customary taffeta aside in order to bring out its violence to the full.

Please note: Due to social distancing measures, seating for all screenings is limited. We urge patrons to book promptly to avoid disappointment.

Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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