After enchanting audiences world-wide since its premiere at the Paris Opera Comique, OperaBox presents Massenet’s most popular opera, Manon, from 1-7th September 2017.
Vibrant and full of passion, Manon, tells the story of Manon Lescaut, an impressionable young woman who is torn between love and her desire for the lavish Parisian high society. Based on a French novel that inspired both Massenet’s Manon and Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut, Massenet’s opera focuses on the emotional journey of the heroine as she struggles with her conflicting desires and her choices.
This exciting new production will be conducted by young international conductor Christopher Dragon, returning to Perth from his second season as Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (USA). As Christopher’s 5th opera with OperaBox, he is well known to OperaBox audiences and in Perth as a conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO). Sydney-based opera director Joseph Restubog will make his WA debut with Manon. Restubog said “Manon, ultimately, is an agent of her own destiny in this opera. It will be interesting to explore the parallels between her and a more modern woman’s pursuit of happiness.”
The opera will be performed in French with English surtitles.
“Perth opera company OperaBox…with Ariadne auf Naxos…have come up with a real tour de force.”
William Yeoman, The West Australian
“An edgy, hilarious production of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos…established OperaBox as a company that was serious about presenting operatic rarities at a professional level.”
Rosalind Appleby, Australian Book Review
1st, 5th, 7th September 2017, 7.30pm
Marist Auditorium, Newman College, 216 Empire Avenue, Churchlands, WA
3rd September 2017, 7.30pm
Concert Performance at Darlington Hall, Darlington, WA
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