Manon Lescaut, from The Royal Opera House

(GB, 2014, 180 mins, DCP)
In Italian with English subtitles
CAST Kristine Opolais, Christopher Maltman, Jonas Kaufmann, Maurizio Muraro. Conducted by Antonio Pappano. Directed by Jonathan Kent.
Tickets $22. This theatre is a popcorn free zone for the opera!


Puccini’s first triumph returns to Covent Garden for the first time in 20 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. Kent’s vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city will surely resonate with today’s audience.

Manon Lescaut – Kristine Opolais

Lescaut – Christopher Maltman

Chevalier des Grieux – Jonas Kaufmann

Geronte de Ravoir – Maurizio Muraro

Edmondo – Benjamin Hulett

Dancing Master – Robert Burt

Singer – Nadezhda Karyazina