Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Massenet’s “Manon” from Geneva (2016), staged by Olivier Py and under the baton of Marko Letonja.
The cast features:
Marc Mazuir – Monsieur de Brétigny
Omar Garido – The Pub Owner
Bálint Szabó – Le Comte des Grieux
Seraina Perrenoud – Javotte
Mary Feminear – Poussette
Marina Viotti – Rosette
Patricia Petibon – Manon Lescaut
Bernard Richter – Le Chevalier des Grieux
Pierre Doyen – Lescaut
Rodolphe Briand – Gillot de Morfontaine
The production is available via ARTE Concert. If you would like to know what happens via the libretto, there is a web-based version in French, English and German here, and access to a French/English side-by-side version in pdf format through here.
A word of warning: this is a very straight opera. There is plenty of male gazing, and inapporpriate handling of female characters on all levels.
I haven’t seen the show yet, but I trust Py and Petibon to try and deliver a take that is a critique of that and to look at Manon not as a shallow prostitute fantasy, but as the story of a young woman making choices and trying to find a way to move through a patriarchic society (spoiler: yes, she does end up dead and imprisoned. Perhaps we should get out the liquor right now).