Massenet's Manon

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

Program notes

“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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