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


[Ellie Dehn] …boasted a wondrous combination of vulnerability and urgency.

San Francisco Chronicle

[Michael] Fabiano’s vocal grandeur…..sweeping and impassioned, delicately pointed…

San Francisco Chronicle

Love and Talent Conquer All in SF Opera’s ‘Manon’

San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco Opera’s new production of ‘Manon’ is pretty much operatic bliss…

Opera West

Massenet’s ‘Manon’ at San Francisco Opera has that magic, thanks to Patrick Fournillier’s conducting, Vincent Boussard’s direction, and Michael Fabiano’s singing.

San Francisco Classical Voice

….Soprano Ellie Dehn in the title role proved a riveting focus throughout the production.

San Francisco Examiner

…The strong chemistry between the two [Dehn and Fabiano] is showcased in a memorably hot-blooded Act 3 reunion.

San Francisco Examiner

Michael Fabiano stole the show…

San Francisco Classical Voice

Conductor Patrick Fournillier’s superb musical direction and the heartfelt response of the marvelous Opera Orchestra.

Opera West

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Pre-Opera Talks

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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.


Can’t make the Pre-Opera Talk? You can also watch a video.


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

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Cast & Creative

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
Poussette Monica Dewey *
Javotte Laura Krumm
Rosette Renée Rapier


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

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.

Manon Program Articles

"Manon, It Has to Be Manon!"

Jules Massenet's romantic tragedy has all the marks of immortality.

On the Trail of Manon

Take a walking tour of Paris by way of the real-life sites in Massenet's opera.

A Chat with Director Vincent Boussard

Director Vincent Boussard discusses the concept behind his production.




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John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, with additional funding through the Emerging Stars Fund; and Joan and David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund.

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Photo (top): San Francisco Opera production of Manon/Cory Weaver