Tune in on Saturday at 12:30 pm to hear the Metropolitan Opera's production of Jules Massenet's Manon. The title role of the popular French opera is sung by German soprano Diana Damrau, who has previously sung the role in the Vienna State Opera.
In her first Met performance of the role of Manon, Damrau sings alongside Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Chevalier des Grieux. The five-act opéra comique – which, in Laurent Pelly's staging is updated to late-19th-century France – is based on the Abbé Prévost's 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut.
The performance also features French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé as Count des Grieux and Canadian baritone Russell Braun as Manon's cousin Lescaut. Met regular Emmanuel Villaume conducts the production.