Vincent Huguet (stage director), Dan Ettinger (conductor) — With Pretty Yende (Manon), Benjamin Bernheim (Le chevalier des Grieux)...
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Vincent Huguet — Stage director
Aurélie Maestre — Set designer
Clémence Pernoud — Costumes
Bertrand Couderc — Lighting designer
Jean-François Kessler — Choreographer
Louis Geisler — Dramaturgy
Pretty Yende — Manon
Benjamin Bernheim — Le chevalier des Grieux
Ludovic Tézier — Lescaut
Roberto Tagliavini — Le comte des Grieux
Rodolphe Briand — Guillot de Morfontaine
Pierre Doyen — De Brétigny
Cassandre Berthon — Poussette
Alix Le Saux — Javotte
Jeanne Ireland — Rosette
Philippe Rouillon — L'hôtelier
Julien Joguet — Garde
“Manon is like any person who, strolling down the street one day, glances up at a second-story window and catches a glimpse of a different life,” explains Vincent Huguet about his staging of Massenet’s Manon, “a life that she suddenly desires ardently … and will do anything to have.” In his update of Prévost’s famous novel, Huguet demonstrates, with empathy and acuity, that Manon’s tale could really be anyone’s.
Next to the two other well-known adaptations of Manon Lescaut for the opera stage (Auber’s in 1856 and Puccini’s in 1893), it is Massenet’s that hews most closely to the novel. All the essential elements of the story are there: the bright-eyed youth of the protagonists, Manon’s uncertainty as to what she truly desires, and des Grieux’s innocence that will harden and shatter in the face of tragedy. Sensational young superstars Benjamin Bernheim (des Grieux) and Pretty Yende (Manon) are accompanied by the Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus, under the capable baton of Dan Ettinger.
Benjamin Bernheim appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.
Photo: Pretty Yende and Benjamin Bernheim © Julien Benhamou
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