Manon

7:30 pm
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DURATION: 3 hrs

INTERMISSION: 2

HALL: Wilfrid-Pelletier

LOCATION: Place des Arts

PREOPERA: 6:30 pm

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Manon

A classic of the French opera repertoire… a mix of levity and gravity, the reflection of its moving and carefree heroine. In the title role: rising young soprano Marianne Fiset offers Montreal the role in which she made her debut at the Opéra-Bastille. Alongside her, another rising star, Canadian baritone Gordon Bintner, making his debut here after winning top prize at the Standard Life/OSM Competition, and Portugese tenor Bruno Ribeiro.

SYNOPSIS

Manon is about to enter the convent when she meets the Chevalier des Grieux. Love struck, they run off together to Paris, poor but in love... Corruption, disgrace, and exile await Manon before she dies in the arms of the man she loves.


  • Opera in 5 acts
  • Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, after the abbé Prévost’s novel
  • Premiere: Opéra-Comique, Paris, 19 January 1884
  • Sung in French with English and French surtitles
  • CoProduction: Opéra de Montréal and Michigan Opera Theater

Last OdM Production: may 1998

Composer

Cast

Manon Marianne Fiset / Des Grieux Bruno Ribeiro / Lescaut Gordon Bintner / Le Comte Des Grieux Alain Coulombe / De Brétigny Alexandre Sylvestre / Guillot Guy Bélanger / Poussette Frédérique Drolet / Javotte Florie Valiquette / Rosette Emma Char / Conductor Fabien Gabel / Director Brian Deedrick / Choreographer Noëlle-Émilie Desbiens / Set Designer Bernard Uzan + Opéra de Montréal / Costume Designer Opéra de Montréal / Lighting Designer Anne-Catherine Simard-Deraspe / Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal Orchestre Métropolitain

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Place à l’opéra Series

Explore opera with passionate experts who shed a new light on opera! All presentations are hosted by musicologist Pierre Vachon.

GUESTS
Sylvia L’Écuyer, musicologist and host of Saturday afternoon at the opera (Espace musique, Radio-Canada)
Frédéric Charbonneau, professor, William Dawson Chair of 18th Century Literature, French Literature and Languages Department, McGill University

PreOpera

A dynamic and “user-friendly” introduction to the performance. Hosted by musicologist Pierre Vachon, this get-together is like a journey into the heart of the work’s music and history, its libretto and its symbols, the production’s artists, etc.

  • Language: in French with brief summary in English.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Place: Piano Nobile, salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Cost: Free for subscribers ; $5 for general public

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