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Thursday, May 30, 2019
7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Carmen is as sensual and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle.

The passionate one-act ballet Carmen Suite by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug.

This double-bill production encapsulates and showcases the soul of Russian ballet.

The ballet runs two hours, 20 minutes with one intermission.

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, June 1, 2019
9:00am
BBQ

Tickets: $11 (Pre-sale), $12 (Day of BBQ)

Join us for the annual Bach BBQ, Bake Sale & Basket Auction to support the 24th annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival! 

This year's event will be held in the West Barker Common near the Gazebo, and will feature delicious BBQ chicken lunches served between 11:30am and 3pm or until they are gone (presale tickets must be redeemed by 1:30pm). 

There also will be an assortment of delicious homemade baked goods provided by Opera House members and supporters and a basket auction featuring a variety of baskets donated by area businesses and individuals. 

Tickets to the BBQ can be purchased in advance at the link below or from Opera House Board and staff members.  Because a limited number of BBQ lunches will be available, get your tickets early! 

The BBQ lunch features BBQ by Hector Alverio and includes a half chicken with blackened BBQ sauce, Spanish rice, green beans and roll with butter.

And, don't forget to try your luck at the basket auction, as well.  The Basket Auction and Bake Sale both start at 9am.  Come get a muffin and coffee for breakfast or purchase a dessert to go with your BBQ lunch!


Thursday, June 6, 2019
7:00pm
Jamestown Trolley Car #93Jamestown Trolley Car #93

Chautauqua County History Lecture Series

FREE Admission (Donations Accepted)

Jamestown Trolley Restoration Project Volunteer Bob Johnston presents this third program in the 2019 Chautauqua County History Lecture Series, about an effort to restore a bit of Jamestown's historic past.

The Jamestown Street Railway company started streetcar operations on June 19, 1884, with horse-drawn cars.  It provided a much improved means of traveling the rough and muddy city streets of the time.  In 1891, the streetcar lines were electrified.  The horse-drawn cars were phased out; and the electric motor became the muscle to move the trolley cars.

In 1926, Jamestown Street Railway purchased eight new St. Louis Car Company trolley cars, numbered 91-98.  These cars serviced the Willard Street and North Newland streetcar lines.

Road improvements, the increase in use of the automobile and a new form of mass transportation - the bus - slowly impacted trolley use and cut into Jamestown Street Railway profits; and in 1938, trolley service ended.  The trolley cars were stripped and the shells sold for use as cottages on Chautauqua Lake.  All of the number 91-98 cars have since been lost, except Car #93, which was pulled from the woods of Dewittville in 1996.  It is on its way to being restored and preserved.

This program will include information on the history of Jamestown's trolley service, and the volunteer-led restoration effort to restore Car #93.

Tickets available at the door; admission is FREE, although donations will be accepted

 


Friday, June 14, 2019
8:00pm

Bassist Jon PascoliniBassist Jon Pascolini

Reserved Seating $20 ($51 Three-Concert Subscription)

Join us for the 24th annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival!

Bach & Beyond is a lively celebration of Baroque music, happening each June. Spirited performances of some of the greatest music ever written take place in an acoustically ideal setting. Treat yourself to the lighthearted atmosphere that has distinguished the Festival since its beginning in 1996.  Quality performances by Baroque specialists will leave you applauding for more! Though the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach is the foundation of the Festival, each year we include other great composers whose works reflect Bach's inspirational influence.

Planning for the Festival is still underway, but highlights of the three concert programs have been announced.  

Friday's Concert Program features:

Grant Cooper: Prologue to Dido and Aeneas (reconstructed)

Henry Purcell:  Dido and Aeneas
    
Belinda: Lydia Evans
     Dido: Janet Brown
     Aeneas: Steven Stull
     Woman, Sorceress, Spirit: Dawn Pierce
     Sailor: Nathaniel McEwen
     Witches: Miriah Reyes, Maria Parker, Kyle Botsford

Pre-Concert Conversation
Interested in hearing more about each concert program, how it was developed and specific information about the scheduled works?  Join Maestro Grant Cooper and selected Festival musicians for a 30-minute, in-depth conversation before each concert.  Beginning an hour before the concert's scheduled start, these special talks are held inside the theatre and are free to ticket holders. 

Special Opening Reception
All
patrons are invited to help us kick off this year's Festival with chocolates and a little bubbly at a Special Opening Reception on Friday evening at 6:15pm in the Opera House's Reception/Concessions room located on the ground floor of Village Hall.   

Subscriptions are the Best Bargain 
Consider a subscription to the 2019 Bach & Beyond Festival.  Three concerts over three days for only $51.  Individual concert tickets are $20; so, a subscription represents a $9 savings for the three concerts.  

In addition to saving on the cost of tickets, subscribers are invited to attend a special Subscribers' Reception with the musicians immediately following Sunday's concert! 

Discount admission and a post-concert reception ... what more incentive to subscribe could there be?!?!  Subscribe TODAY!

 

 

 

Funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature 


Saturday, June 15, 2019
8:00pm
Violinist Jennifer WoodViolinist Jennifer Wood

Reserved Seating $20 ($51 Three-Concert Subscription)

Join us for the 24th annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival!

Bach & Beyond is a lively celebration of Baroque music, happening each June. Spirited performances of some of the greatest music ever written take place in an acoustically ideal setting. Treat yourself to the lighthearted atmosphere that has distinguished the Festival since its beginning in 1996.  Quality performances by Baroque specialists will leave you applauding for more! Though the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach is the foundation of the Festival, each year we include other great composers whose works reflect Bach's inspirational influence.

Planning for the Festival is still underway, but highlights of the three concert programs have been announced.  

Saturday's Concert Program includes:

Tomaso Albinoni:  Concerto for Oboe, Op. 9, No. 2
     Cheryl Bishkoff, Oboe

Johann Sebastian Bach:  Sonata for Violin and Continuo, BWV 1019
     Julie Leven, Violin; Alan Giambattista, Harpsichord

Arcangelo Corelli:  Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 7

Antonio Vivaldi:  Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 11*    

*Performed in collaboration with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony; Bryan Eckenrode, Conductor, Violin

Pre-Concert Conversation
Interested in hearing more about each concert program, how it was developed and specific information about the scheduled works?  Join Maestro Grant Cooper and selected Festival musicians for a 30-minute, in-depth conversation before each concert.  Beginning an hour before the concert's scheduled start, these special talks are held inside the theatre and are free to ticket holders. 

Subscriptions are the Best Bargain 
Consider a subscription to the 2019 Bach & Beyond Festival.  Three concerts over three days for only $51.  Individual concert tickets are $20; so, a subscription represents a $9 savings for the three concerts.  

In addition to saving on the cost of tickets, subscribers are invited to attend a special Subscribers' Reception with the musicians immediately following Sunday's concert! 

Discount admission and a post-concert reception ... what more incentive to subscribe could there be?!?!  Subscribe TODAY!

 

 

 

 

Funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature 


Sunday, June 16, 2019
3:00pm
Violist David RoseViolist David Rose

Reserved Seating $20 ($51 Three-Concert Subscription)

Join us for the 24th annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival!

Bach & Beyond is a lively celebration of Baroque music, happening each June. Spirited performances of some of the greatest music ever written take place in an acoustically ideal setting. Treat yourself to the lighthearted atmosphere that has distinguished the Festival since its beginning in 1996.  Quality performances by Baroque specialists will leave you applauding for more! Though the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach is the foundation of the Festival, each year we include other great composers whose works reflect Bach's inspirational influence.

Planning for the Festival is still underway, but highlights of the three concert programs have been announced.  

Sunday's Concert Program features:

George Frideric Handel: Messiah
     Janet Brown, Soprano
     Dawn Pierce, Mezzo Soprano
     Nathaniel McEwen, Tenor
     Steven Stull, Baritone

Pre-Concert Conversation
Interested in hearing more about each concert program, how it was developed and specific information about the scheduled works?  Join Maestro Grant Cooper and selected Festival musicians for a 30-minute, in-depth conversation before each concert.  Beginning an hour before the concert's scheduled start, these special talks are held inside the theatre and are free to ticket holders. 

Subscriptions are the Best Bargain 
Consider a subscription to the 2019 Bach & Beyond Festival.  Three concerts over three days for only $51.  Individual concert tickets are $20; so, a subscription represents a $9 savings for the three concerts.  

In addition to saving on the cost of tickets, subscribers are invited to attend a special Subscribers' Reception with the musicians immediately following Sunday's concert! 

Discount admission and a post-concert reception ... what more incentive to subscribe could there be?!?!  Subscribe TODAY!

 

 

 

Funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature 


Thursday, June 20, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

"I envy the Japanese" Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo.  In the exhibition on which this production is based - Van Gogh & Japan at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam - one can see why. 

Though Vincent Van Gogh never actually visited Japan, it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art.  One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh.

Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan - through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists - Van Gogh's encounter with Japanese art gave his own work a new and exciting direction.

After leaving Paris for the south of France - to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find - the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. 

In this overlooked story of Van Gogh's art we see just how important his study of Japan was.

This cinematic production travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know today. 

The production runs approximately one hour, 25 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored by Fredonia Place 


Thursday, July 11, 2019
7:00pm

Chautauqua County History Lecture Series

FREE Admission (Donations Accepted)

Pomfret Town Historian Todd Langworthy presents the fourth program in the 2019 Chautauqua County History Lecture Series with a focus on the American Legion in honor of the organization's 100th Anniversary in 2019.

The talk will provide an introduction to the American Legion and discuss its importance in communities around the world today.

The presentation also will feature a focus on Fredonia Memorial Post #59, with the story of its formation locally and the famous celebration held in 1919 honoring local veterans of "The Great War."

The program will include a color guard from Memorial Post #59 and a salute to veterans and American Legion posts throughout the area.

Langworthy's program serves as a kick-off to Fredonia History Days, which includes activities on the evening of Friday, July 12, and all day on Saturday, July 13, in Fredonia's Barker Commons.

Tickets available at the door; admission is FREE, although donations will be accepted

 


Thursday, July 18, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

1918.  As the roar of the First World War cannons is dying out, in Vienna, the heart of Central Europe, a golden age comes to an end.

It is the time of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890s for art, literature and music, in which new ideas were circulated, Freud discovered the drives of the psyche and women began to claim their independence.  It was a movement that marked a new era outside the confines of academic tradition.

At the heart of Secession were artists Gustav Klimt and his protégé and dear friend Egon Schiele.

Taking place across five stunning exhibitions with never-before-experienced access, Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche recounts this extraordinary moment in art history. 

This cinematic production provides an in-depth examination of images of extraordinary visual power: from the eroticism of Klimt's mosaic-like works, to the anguished and raw work of the young Schiele in his magnetic nudes and contorted figures against the backdrop of nocturnal Vienna, full of masked balls and dreams imbued with sexuality. 

The production runs approximately one hour, 20 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored by Fredonia Place 


Friday, July 26, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

One of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street, comes to cinema screens in the largest-ever production of the breathtaking musical.  Set in 1933, the musical tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives in New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and her talent catches the attention of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh.  She gets a spot in the chorus of the musical-within-the-musical, Pretty Lady.

Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva and star of the show, takes a dislike to the new girl.  When Dorothy is injured, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found - a new girl like Peggy Sawyer!

Captured live on film in 2018 at London's Theatre Royal, the production is directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble.  The glittering extravaganza is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards ("Lullaby of Broadway," " We're in the Money," "Dames," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "42nd Street" and more), and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.

The show opened on Broadway in 1980, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Choreography; in London's West End in 1984, it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.  The 2001 Broadway revival then won the Tony for Best Revival.

A night at the theatre doesn't get larger-scale than 42nd Street, so come and meet those dancing feet, tapping away at the Theatre Royal in this incredible cinematic production. 

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, July 27, 2019
1:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

One of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street, comes to cinema screens in the largest-ever production of the breathtaking musical.  Set in 1933, the musical tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives in New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and her talent catches the attention of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh.  She gets a spot in the chorus of the musical-within-the-musical, Pretty Lady.

Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva and star of the show, takes a dislike to the new girl.  When Dorothy is injured, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found - a new girl like Peggy Sawyer!

Captured live on film in 2018 at London's Theatre Royal, the production is directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble.  The glittering extravaganza is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards ("Lullaby of Broadway," " We're in the Money," "Dames," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "42nd Street" and more), and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.

The show opened on Broadway in 1980, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Choreography; in London's West End in 1984, it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.  The 2001 Broadway revival then won the Tony for Best Revival.

A night at the theatre doesn't get larger-scale than 42nd Street, so come and meet those dancing feet, tapping away at the Theatre Royal in this incredible cinematic production. 

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Friday, August 9, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award-winning production of The Audience.  Captured live from London's West End in 2013, the original broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live's 10th anniversary.

For more than 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting.  This meeting is known as "the audience."  No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.

From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, and finally then-PM David Cameron, the Queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal.  Through these private audiences, as imagined in this production, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shape a monarch.

The Audience is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Stephen Daldry.

 

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Friday, September 6, 2019
7:30pm

General Admission $10, $5 Students/Children

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show is a fun, interactive show that is written for adults but is very family friendly.  It mixes amazing and unusual tricks with weird and interesting facts, and adds a dash of humor and comedy.  It all adds up to a quick-paced show that will entertain and amaze all ages.

These feathered professionals have more going for them than just their good looks!  No boring lectures here; these birds will astound you with their unusual talents, such as painting, mind-reading, performing card tricks, solving math problems and so much more. 

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show has been seen on America's Got Talent, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Animal Planet's Petstar.  These talented funny birds are sure to WOW all ages! 

 

Spotlight Series Sponsored by DFT Communications and the Maytum Family


Saturday, September 7, 2019
1:00pm

General Admission $10, $5 Students/Children

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show is a fun, interactive show that is written for adults but is very family friendly.  It mixes amazing and unusual tricks with weird and interesting facts, and adds a dash of humor and comedy.  It all adds up to a quick-paced show that will entertain and amaze all ages.

These feathered professionals have more going for them than just their good looks!  No boring lectures here; these birds will astound you with their unusual talents, such as painting, mind-reading, performing card tricks, solving math problems and so much more. 

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show has been seen on America's Got Talent, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Animal Planet's Petstar.  These talented funny birds are sure to WOW all ages! 

 

Spotlight Series Sponsored by DFT Communications and the Maytum Family


Sunday, September 22, 2019
3:00pm

FREE Admission (ticket required)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Fredonia folk music favorites Carmen & Dick Gilman invite their musician friends from throughout the state to join them on the Opera House stage for an afternoon of great music, dance and a humorous story or two!

There also are raffles, drawings for door prizes and loads of fun.

The official kickoff to the Folk in Fredonia Music Series, this event is great fun for the whole family!

Sponsored by The Gilman Family

Although admission to this event is FREE, tickets are required and may be reserved by calling the Box Office at 716-679-1891.


Thursday, October 3, 2019
7:30pm

Part of Freedonia Marxonia

FREE General Admission

The State University of New York at Fredonia's annual Freedonia Marxonia festival presents the 1930 comedy Animal Crackers.

The film stars the Four Marx Brothers - Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo.  Groucho plays Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding, the African explorer.  He returns to great fanfare, a painting is stolen, and Marx mayhem ensues.  The movie includes "Hurray for Captain Spaulding," and "Hello, I Must Be Going" - two of the songs most associated with Groucho Marx.

Animal Crackers is the Marx Brothers' second feature film, and is based on their 1928 Broadway musical of the same name.  The script was written by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.  Music and lyrics were written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby (who also composed "Hail Freedonia" for the Marx Brother's 1933 Duck Soup).

Come see this classic comedy in the same venue as did local audiences 89 years ago!  In October 1930, Animal Crackers was screened during its original release at the Wintergarden Theatre, which is now the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.

This screening will present the remastered version of Animal Crackers.  Unrated, the film runs 99 minutes.

The evening will include prizes, too!

The Freedonia Marxonia festival, created by a student at the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1987, celebrates the Marx Brothers and their movie Duck Soup, set in the fictional country of "Freedonia."

Freedonia Marxonia is supported through the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation. 

Admission is FREE; tickets available at the door. 


Friday, October 4, 2019
7:30pm
19XX photo of the Vaudevillian Marx BrothersPhoto of the Marx Brothers during their vaudeville career, ca. 1915
An illustrated lecture by Trav S.D.; presented as part of Freedonia Marxonia's 2019 theme "Vaudeville and the Marx Brothers"

FREE General Admission 

The Marx Brothers began their careers in vaudeville, the predominant form of popular entertainment during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Before the Brothers went on to become comedy starts of Broadway, movies, radio, and television, they spent nearly 20 years performing in vaudeville theaters around the country.

The story of vaudeville's influences on the Marx Brothers, the Marx Brothers' own experiences in vaudeville, and vaudeville history in western New York will be presented by writer and performer Trav S.D.

Trav S.D. is the author of No Applause - Just Thrown Money: The Book that Made Vaudeville Famous and Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube.  He was an organizer of Marxfest, the 2014 month-long celebration of the Marx Brothers held in New York City.  He was a producer of the recent revival of the Marx Brothers' 1924 musical I'll Say She Is, and directed its initial reading and 2014 staging at the New York Fringe Festival, before it went on to an Off-Broadway run in 2016. 

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Trav has written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Theatre.  He created and maintains the blog Travalanche, a rich source of information about entertainers, including the Marx Brothers.  He wrote the liner notes for the upcoming Archeophone Records CD containing sketches of the pioneering vaudeville comedy team, Weber and Fields.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House was Fredonia's venue for vaudeville.  Come to see this presentation and learn about the history of vaudeville, the Marx Brothers, and how citizens of the area sought entertainment generations ago.

Trav S.D's appearance in Fredonia is supported through the Fredonia College Foundation's Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund and the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund.  The Hahn Family funds Freedonia Marxonia, the annual festival that celebrates the Marx Brothers and their 1933 movie Duck Soup,  set in "Freedonia."

Admission is FREE; tickets available at the door.

 


Saturday, October 12, 2019
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $175 (Live at the Met Subscription), $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

Franco Zeffirelli's spectacular production returns to cinemas, with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the Met's Jeanette Lerman-Beubauer Music Director, conducting his first Puccini opera with the Met company.

Powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke takes on the icy title princess, alongside tenor Roberto Aronica as the unknown prince vying for her love. 

Giacomo Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi. Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody.  

The large Turandot orchestra calls for a wide variety of instruments, including alto saxophones, celesta, bass xylophone, harps, and an organ. There are several genuine Chinese themes that are integrated into the score in a suave and brilliantly original manner, including the big imperial anthem in Act II. The opera also contains moments of sheer melodic beauty in Puccini’s most lyrical vein, most notably in the tenor’s unforgettable song of triumph, “Nessun dorma,” which opens Act III. 

The opera runs three hours, two minutes with two intermissions.


Saturday, October 26, 2019
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

Jules Massenet's tale of passion and excess, and their consequences stars rising soprano Lisette Oropesa in the effervescent title role of the tragic beauty who longs for the finer things in life.

Tenor Michael Fabiano is her ardent admirer, Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing.  Maurizio Benini conducts Laurent Pelly's enchanting production.

A take on the quintessentially French tale of the beautiful young woman who is incapable of forsaking both love and luxury, Massenet’s Manon features one of the truly unforgettable, irresistible, and archetypal female characters in opera.  While the story is firmly set in class and gender issues of the past, the character of Manon herself is timeless, convincing, and familiar.  The opera has been a success ever since its premiere, championed by a diverse roster of singers who have cherished its dramatic opportunities, exalted style, and ravishing music.

The opera is set in and around Paris, with familiar landmarks such as the church of St. Sulpice forming important reference points in the story. The opera was originally set in the early 18th century, but the Met’s current production places the story in the late 19th century, the so-called “Belle Époque” and the time when the opera was written. 

The opera runs three hours, 52 minutes with two intermissions.


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