Premiere! Opera "Manon" by Jules Massenet
Stage director - Georgy Isahakyan
Musical director and conductor - Fabio Mastrangelo
Production designer - Yulia Goltsova
Choreographer - Sergei Naryshev
Orchestra "Northern Symphony"
Choir, ballet and soloists Musical Theater named after F.I. Chaliapin
On November 24, the third premiere of this season will take place on the stage of the Hermitage Theater - the opera “Manon” by Jules Massenet, one of the most popular works of the world repertoire.
Directed by Georgy Isahakyan, the action will take place in the forties of the 20th century, when France surrendered to the fascist invasion almost without resistance, and the country's territory was divided into two states: one with its capital in Paris, the other - the famous “Vichy zone”.
The main characters, Manon and des Grieux, flee from Paris to Vichy, where the drama of the separation of a young couple is played out. The original score has changed, and the performance remains with one intermission, separating the first and second scenes of the third act. This combination of paintings is intended to provide a comparison of the gloomy atmosphere of the meeting of the “Abbé des Grieux” and Manon, still in love with him, in the monastery with the subsequent bright denouement in the gambling house.
The final picture also differs from the original: the action is transferred to a mental hospital, where the seriously ill Manon spends her last days, and where Des Grieux, who still loves her, comes to say goodbye.