Massenet’s most popular opera, Manon is the first of two well known operas adapted from a short 1731 novel by the Frenchman l’Abbé Prévost, the other being Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (1894). Premiered in 1884 at Paris’s Opéra-Comique, the opera tells the story of the head-strong 15-year-old title heroine who decides that the convent isn’t for her, runs off with the handsome Chevalier des Grieux, and ends up paying with her life in not altogether believable circumstances. Anna Netrebko, our Anna Bolena from October 2011, sings the role of Manon and Polish tenor Piotr Beczala that of des Grieux. The Met’s principal guest conductor, Fabio Luisi, will be on the podium.
A pre-opera lecture will take place from 7:45-8:30am presented by Edward Ingraham in the Sedona Performing Arts Center theatre.
Reserved tickets are $25, general admission $22 and student tickets $10. Tickets for the Met Live in HD may be purchased on line atwww.ChamberMusicSedona.org or on the day of the opera when full-time students are $10. The Met: Live in HD is made possible with support from individual opera sponsors and the Verde Valley Medical Center, a not for profit subsidiary of Northern Arizona Healthcare. The series continues Saturday, May 5 @ 10am with Verdi’s La Traviata.