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Jules Massenet’s “Manon”

This season, Massenet’s sensuous 1882 opera Manon is returning to the Company’s repertory after a two-decade-long hiatus in a gorgeous new production by Vincent Boussard. The French director has said of the opera, “I believe that the story of a young lady who wants to listen to a call for freedom and pleasure belongs to our period of time.”

Part of the excitement of this Manon is the outstanding cast: soprano Ellie Dehn takes on the title role and the sensational American tenor Michael Fabiano sings his first Chevalier des Grieux anywhere. Fabiano was featured in the New York Times for his appearances this summer in Carmen at Aix-en-Provence and also a great story about his interest in flying.

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. As part of the San Francisco Opera’s season, watch this five-act show sung in French with English supertitles.