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Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin


Jules Massenet

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From “dream team” of the opera stage to “dream team” of classic and pop – Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón have long since conquered the entire world of music. Manon, the tragic heroine of Massenet’s work, is torn between flirtatiousness and profound love, between frivolity and deep commitment.

Netrebko seems predestined for this role, with her body language alternating between girlish, introspective and carefree, and her voice radiating brilliance, warmth, mystery and longing. As the impoverished young nobleman Des Grieux, Rolando Villazón compellingly depicts the burning passion of an ultimately doomed lover with his glowing, supple, slender tenor voice.


ConductorDaniel Barenboim

DirectorVincent Paterson

CastAnna Netrebko | Rolando Villazón

Number of actsOpera in 5 acts

Total running time2 hours 39 min

Running time by actPart I: Act 1 (37') & Act 2 (28') & Act 3_Scene 1 (28') | Part 2: Act 3_Scene 2 (23') & Act 4 (20') & Act 5 (22')

Sung inFrench

SubtitlesEnglish | Spanish | French | German

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