Massenet's Manon

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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Manon for the first time in her career in this new production by Laurent Pelly. Composed in 1884, Manon is perhaps the most popular of Romantic French operas.

Based on Abbe Antoine-Francois Prevost's L'Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, Manon tells the story of a young lady who is headed for a convent until she meets a handsome chevalier. They run off together and she is drawn to a life of wealth. But it doesn't end there.

This production also features Polish tenor Piotr Beczala (as des Grieux), Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot (as Manon's cousin, Lescaut) and American bass-baritone David Pittsinger (as the Count des Grieux, the tenor's father). Fabio Luisi, the Met's principal conductor, leads from the pit.



Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Manon: Anna Netrebko
des Grieux: Piotr Beczala
Lescaut: Paulo Szot
Comte des Grieux: David Pittsinger

Comments [13]

Annette from New York City

I also saw it in a movie theater and loved it. I thought the singers were both marvelous and the acting also excellent. The tenor, Piotr Beczala, I thought was perfect. His singing was sensitive and beautifully done. Loved the production and the conducting. Cannot complain really about anything.

Apr. 09 2012 07:07 AM
Tim Taffe from Iowa City, Iowa

BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO..... You complaining people need your ears cleaned. There was nothing "Flat" about today's performance..least of all Anna Netrebko! A wonderful penultimate performance to a delightful Met HDTV Season. Thank you for Long Distance Met Opera!

Technical note..for those of us out in HDTV-landia, seems that often microphones were misplaced, and volume was varied and was occasionally distorted. Certainly not a cast fault.

WOW Two weeks in a row.....And next week...Natalie!!

Apr. 07 2012 09:58 PM
William smith from Milwaukee WI

I saw this Manon in a movie theater today. I found it rather flat. There was some good singing, but the scenery was very poorly done and detracted from the opera. The production, itself did not work well. The dance scene was just bad. Anna Betrebko sang her big arias well but seemed flat at some points. She had some obvious problems in her upper range. Piotr Beczala sang well, but not at the level of the great tenors. The Lyric Opera of Chicago production of 2008/2009 with Natalie Dissay and Jonas Kaufmann was far superior on all points.

Apr. 07 2012 08:46 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau county

Puccini's Manon Lescaut ends in Louisianna. That's OK. Both operas are wonderful.

Apr. 07 2012 04:35 PM
Stephen from Highland Park, NJ

Wait a minute, what's going on? What about the last act in Louisiana??? :-)

Apr. 07 2012 04:14 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau county

Had not heard this lovely opera for such a long time. Did not pay much attention to Netrebko, mainly the music. Too busy. Welcome change of pace for me as I usually like operas with a lot of murder, mayhem and mischief.

Apr. 07 2012 04:09 PM
Jeff Haller from Miami, Florida

I don't get it. All this praise of Netrebko. She often doesn't land on the note, there are pitch problems everywhere. Oh, I know, she is beautiful. Big deal! This is about the music. Piotr Beczala on the other hand, I haven't heard this role sung this well in like, umm my lifetime.

Apr. 07 2012 03:41 PM
Helen K

Brava Anna!

Apr. 07 2012 03:13 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

In the two lovers, Manon and Des Grieux, the Met has struck gold.
What man could resist the seductiveness of Anna Netrebco's beauty, gorgeous vocal timbre, musicianship and complete immersion in the dramaturgical representation of her persona, Manon. Maestro Pablo Luisi nuances the orchestra and keeps the melos moving so that the production has verve and a sednse of spontaneity.
I am an opera composer, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare," a Wagnerian heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. At my website,, one may download at "Recorded Selections," free, 37 complete selections from the over one hundred that I have sung in four three hour long solo concerts in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, of Carnegie Hall. They are all LIVE performances.

Apr. 07 2012 01:29 PM
Rainer Hanseen

Dear MET, o.k. Netrebko!! The "Tenor" King however = Piotr Beczala!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Greetings from Hamburg, Rainer and " Schöne Ostern!!!!

Apr. 07 2012 12:18 PM

CBC Buonna Pasqua a tutti e tutti tua Familia. I've been creating havoc on you tube. It's a real kick hearing people comment that a certain chubby tenor was the greatest & LOUDEST Canio ever !!! Enjoy this joyous season & be ready for Siegfried. Take care & don't cook too much. All my best.

Apr. 07 2012 09:34 AM
Bernie from UWS

I saw this last week. Dreadfully flat production but beautiful singing. Despite the failures of the Gelb regime (and don't get me started on the Ring), making Netrebko their star singer is one of the wiser things the company done.

Apr. 07 2012 07:37 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau county

CBC, this opera is lovely and elegant. Sorry it is not one of your favorites.Hope the singers do it justice.
Buona Pasqua

Apr. 06 2012 05:30 PM

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