Royal Opera House: Opera Encore: Manon Lescaut
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MANON LESCAUT (2014)The Royal Opera | Recorded 2014Running time: 155 minutes (including one interval)BBFC certificate: TBCSung in Italian with English subtitlesPuccinis first triumph returned to Covent Garden for the first time in 30 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent, starring Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann.Puccinis publisher tried to prevent him from adapting Abb Prvosts LHistoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut Massenet had already created a highly successful opera based on the novel. But Puccini was not to be dissuaded, claiming a woman like Manon can have more than one lover. Despite a troubled gestation (five librettists were engaged in the project), the premiere of Manon Lescaut in 1893 was Puccinis first major triumph a hit with both public and critics. Puccinis sumptuous, richly-coloured score is characterized by youthful vitality and filled with glorious melodies, from Des Grieux and Manons passionate duet Vedete? io son fedele to the overwhelming desolation of Manons final aria Sola, perduta, abbandonata.Jonathan Kent director of The Royal Operas Tosca created this production of Manon Lescaut in 2014, The Royal Operas first production of the opera in 30 years. Kent finds contemporary resonance in the story of a woman tempted and misguided into acting against her best interests, and who finally receives retribution far more severe than her actions could ever deserve. Designs by Paul Brown create a harsh environment riven through with societal hypocrisy, in which Manon is trapped by those who will exploit her and from which the only escape can be death.CastKristine Opolais Manon LescautJonas Kaufmann Chevalier Des GrieuxProductionGiacomo Puccini MusicAntonio Pappano ConductorJonathan Kent DirectorThe Victoria Halls complex is now open and operating as a Covid-19 Secure venue.Our normal tiered event seating will not be in use.All socially distanced family groups will have a small table to place their drinks.Face coverings required in the hall unless exempt, or having a drink, whilst seated.Tickets will be limited to enable social distancing and they will be numbered.All events subject to change or cancellation. Pre-booked tickets only, no ticket sales on the night.Tickets fully refundable if the VHC has to cancel, or illness prevents your attendance.Although tickets maybe showing 50+ available, this is based on a normal 70 seating plan.The booking system will automatically block seats to enable social distancing, after a booking has been made.We anticipate a maximum of 35-40 people attending VH screenings, dependent on the number of people sitting together in family groups.
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