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Premiere of Massenet’s opera MANON

After a break of about ten years, Jules’ Massenet’s MANON can be heard at the Vienna State Opera tonight again. This is the premiere of the season. Conductor: Bertrand de Billy, producer: Andrei Serban, stage designer: Peter Pabst. The superstar Anna Netrebko sings in the main role, and Roberto Alagna – in the role of Chevalier Des Grieux.

The main personage Manon is going to be much more colorful, and the relations between figures in the opera will be more complex, compared with many previous stagings. The humor will play an important role as well. The producer Andrei Serban most of all wants to face against the conventions and mannerisms, which ruled the history of opera for 400 years.

Premiere: 3rd March, 19.00; next performances: 6, 10, 13, 16, 19th March, 19.00. Wiener Staatsoper.


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