Music Jules Massenet Text Henri Meilhac & Philippe Gille nach Abbé Prévost
→ Opéra comique in fünf Akten

Cast 18.03.2021

Musical Direction Evelino Pidò
Production Andrei Serban
Scenery and Costume Design Peter Pabst
Manon Lescaut Louise Alder
Chevalier Des Grieux Michael Fabiano
Graf Des Grieux Dan Paul Dumitrescu
Lescaut Adrian Eröd


With the world premiere of »Manon« in 1884, Jules Massenet was able to celebrate what is probably the greatest triumph of his career as a composer – both in his home country of France and abroad. What impressed the audience from the very beginning was the variety of musical forms and textures: it abruptly switches from mass scenes to sections reminiscent of a chamber play, where each scene, however brief, is given its own, multi-faceted mood between genre painting, comedy and sensitive tragedy. Compared to the novel, Massenet elevates the mysteriousness of the seductive Manon, the child wife who drifts between love and luxury. Andrei Serban's staging takes up the rhythm of the score and, with the help of projections, allows lavish long shots of the stage to follow clear close ups, occasionally expanding the space of the stage in an unusually ingenious way by using mirrors. After her State Opera debut as Susanna in the revival of »Le nozze di Figaro« in January 2021, British soprano Louise Alder sings her first Vienna Manon Lescaut, while American tenor Michael Fabiano debuts as her stage-lover Chevalier Des Grieux. The role of the dubious Lescaut once again features audience favourite Adrian Eröd.