Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Here he finds new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans, but it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story. Approximate Run Time: 2 hours 35 minutes incl. two Intermissions
Tuesday, June 5 at 2pm and 6:30pm
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