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Mon, Nov 21, 2016 8:00pm –

Where

The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York  New York  10023
United States
212-362-6000
The Metropolitan Opera

Manon Lescaut

Photo credit: Kristian Schuller

Few operas have surpassed Manon Lescaut in the depiction of the urgency of young love. The French tale of a beautiful young woman destroyed by her conflicting needs for love and luxury had already inspired Massenet’s Manon (1884), a relatively new and immensely popular work at the time of Manon Lescaut’s premiere. Puccini made the story his own and infused it with a new level of frank emotion and a flood of melody. The opera was his first great success, leading George Bernard Shaw to name him “the successor to Verdi.”

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Marcelo Álvarez join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Álvarez is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Marco Armiliato leads the stirring score.

Related event: Manon Lescaut, December 7

Tickets are available to current Columbia students, staff, and faculty.