About the film
Director: Vincent Huguet
Actors: Benjamin Bernheim, Pretty YendeNew Production! When, in 1731, Abbé Prévost wrote L’Histoire du chevalier Des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut - the work that inspired Massenet’s Manon - he portrayed an entire era, that of the Regency, which saw the old order fade away and a new order, full of the promise of unprecedented freedom, rise from its ashes. Manon (Pretty Yende) must make her way between these two worlds, fleeing the convent in order to embrace the paths of desire and transgression, throwing herself headlong into
a burning and destructive passion with Des Grieux (Benjamin Bernheim). A parenthesis opens, only to close again in suffering and obscurity. With this new Paris Opera production, director Vincent Huguet casts the work’s customary taffeta aside in order to bring out its violence to the full.
Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 17 Mar 2020.
Sung in French, with English subtitles.