This week's live broadcast starts at 12 noon
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