San Francisco Opera | Massenet's Manon

Manon

Bright lights, lavish parties and the height of fashion at every turn. But at what price?

Composed at the height of the Belle Epoque, Jules Massenet’s bright, sensual opera follows a pair of not-so-innocent young lovers as they tangle with the toast of Paris, inviting dangerous consequences.

Music by Jules Massenet | Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille

Sung in French with English supertitles


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Running Time

Approximately 3 hours, 15 minutes including two intermissions

Who Should See It

Great date night. Best for lovers of Paris.

Best Value Date

Wednesday, November 22

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Saturday 11/04/17 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Tuesday 11/07/17 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Friday 11/10/17 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Thursday 11/16/17 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Sunday 11/19/17 2:00PM * Buy Tickets
Wednesday 11/22/17 7:30PM * Buy Tickets

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Best Value Series: Choose Full Series D, G or R and Half Series F, L, and T for best seating availability at the best prices.

* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

Pre-Opera Talks

Free to Ticketholders 

For every performance, join us in the Orchestra section 55 minutes prior to curtain.

The Expert: Marcia Green

Learn about the opera’s music, characters, composer and historical background.

Synopsis

A couple's joys of youth and pleasure are interrupted by tragedy and family betrayal. 

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THE BUZZ

“Michael Fabiano brought a high-voltage blend of tonal beauty and fearless athleticism...His performance was simply breathtaking.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Patrick Fournillier, a Massenet specialist, conducts with undiminished expressivity.”

LA Times

"Director Vincent Boussard has created a collaborative work of brilliance, also designing the elaborate traditional swirling costumes which sparkle..."

The Baltic Times

Cast & Creative

Cast
Manon Ellie Dehn
Chevalier des Grieux Michael Fabiano
Lescaut David Pershall
Comte des Grieux James Creswell
De Brétigny Timothy Mix
Guillot de Morfontaine Robert Brubaker
Pousette Monica Dewey *
Javotte Laura Krumm
Rosette Renée Rapier

PERFORMANCES

November 4, 7, 10, 16, 19, 22, 2017

Creative
Conductor Patrick Fournillier
Director Vincent Boussard
Set Designer Vincent Lemaire
Costume Designer Vincent Boussard
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera Debut

A co-production with Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Israeli Opera.

Previous performances of Manon can be found in our Archive.

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Made Possible By

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Emerging Stars Fund.

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Photo (top): Lithuanian National Opera production of Manon/Martynas Aleksa