Pretty Yende and Benjamin Bernheim star in Massenet's Manon
Opéra national de Paris
Enchanting, pleasure-seeking but good-hearted – the title character of Abbé Prevost's novel Manon Lescaut has fascinated and inspired many composers over the centuries, including Auber, Puccini and Hans Werner Henze. Jules Massenet couldn't resist the character's charms, either, and his opera on the theme was premiered in 1884 in Paris, where this new staging by Vincent Huguet was unveiled in 2020. Soprano Pretty Yende and tenor Benjamin Bernheim represent dream casting as Manon and Des Grieux, while Huguet's staging taps into the dark side of the story, which ends in Manon's death in the arms of her lover.
- Alix Le Saux (Soprano), Benjamin Bernheim (Tenor), Cassandre Berthon (Soprano), Rodolphe Briand (Tenor), Pierre Doyen (Baritone), Danielle Gabou (Mezzo-Soprano), Jeanne Ireland (Mezzo-Soprano), Julien Joguet (Actor/Singer), Laurent Laberdesque (Actor/Singer), Philippe Rouillon (Baritone), Roberto Tagliavini (Bass), Ludovic Tézier (Baritone), Pretty Yende (Soprano)
- Chœurs de l'Opéra national de Paris, Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris
- Dan Ettinger