Saturday, February 21
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Daniel Barenboim conducts and Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón star in this Berlin Opera House production.

From Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin. From "dream team" of the opera stage to "dream team" of classic and pop – Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón have long since conquered the entire world of music. Manon, the tragic heroine of Massenet's work, is torn between flirtatiousness and profound love, between frivolity and deep commitment. Netrebko seems predestined for this role, with her body language alternating between girlish, introspective and carefree, and her voice radiating brilliance, warmth, mystery and longing. As the impoverished young nobleman Des Grieux, Rolando Villazón compellingly depicts the burning passion of an ultimately doomed lover with his glowing, supple, slender tenor voice.

As befits an event of such dimensions, one of the performances of the opera was projected on 70-square-meter screen on a major Berlin square in front of 20,000 people. This is a "Manon" which appeals clear across the board to lovers of opera, movies, Broadway shows and beautiful people with gorgeous voices!


Manon: Lescaut Anna Netrebko
Le Chevalier Des Grieux: Rolando Villazón
Lescaut: Alfredo Daza
Le Comte Des Grieux: Christof Fischesser
Guillot de Morfontaine:  Rémy Corazza
De Brétigny: Arttu Kataja
Poussette: Hanan Alattar
Javotte: Gal James
Rosette: Silvia de la Muela
Publican:  Matthias Vieweg

Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Directed by Vincent Paterson
Stage Design: Johannes Leiacker
Costume Design:  Susan Hilferty

Chorus Staatsopernchor
Orchestra Staatskapelle Berlin