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Puccini's Manon Lescaut to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 24 June 2014

The opera - starring Kristīne Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann - will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 1 July.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

20 June 2014 at 5.44pm | 10 Comments

Jonathan Kent’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, starring Kristīne Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann, will be relayed live to cinemas across the world at 7pm BST on 24 June. It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 1 July at 6.45pm.

Ahead of the screening, download our Royal Opera House Digital Guide, which contains specially selected features to bring your closer to the production.

The Cast

A starry cast assemble for the premiere of Jonathan Kent’s new production. Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais both make debuts in the roles of Des Grieux and Manon, alongside Christopher Maltman (Lescaut) and Maurizio Muraro (Geronte). Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts.

The Story

Manon Lescaut follows the story of an innocent girl who is seduced by money and luxury, and pays a terrible price. It is based on Abbé Prévost’s novel L'Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, a tragedy that has been the source for numerous adaptations – including at least two operas, a ballet, and numerous film adaptations. Find out more about Abbé Prévost and the original novel.

‘It is an archetypical story of passionate love, set in jeopardy – it is one of those great emotional journeys of a doomed love affair,’ says director Jonathan Kent. ‘Possibly this was Puccini’s earliest and greatest success because of that great soaring, doomed love affair. Musically, it is irresistible and contains some of the most glorious music Puccini ever wrote.’ Watch an interview with Jonathan about the opera.

The Production

Jonathan Kent’s production sets Puccini’s tragedy in modern times, drawing parallels between Manon’s story and aspect of the 21st century, commenting on voyeurism and the commercialization of sex.

Review

The production had its world premiere on 17 June 2014, and divided opinion among audience members and critics alike. Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review.

After the relay, we’ll be publishing a roundup of tweets about the cinema screening, so share your thoughts using the hashtag #ROHlescaut.

Manon Lescaut will be live in cinemas on 24 June 2014. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 1 July.

 The production is generously supported by Rolex, with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Lord and Lady Laidlaw, Mrs Philip Kan, Marina Kulishova, Mrs Trevor Swete, Quentin Holland, Mercedes T. Bass, Bruce Kovner, the American Friends of Covent Garden and The Manon Lescaut Production Syndicate.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

20 June 2014 at 5.44pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged broadcast, by Jonathan Kent, cinema, Cinema relay, Jonas Kaufmann, Kristine Opolais, live screening, Manon Lescaut, Production, Puccini, The Royal Opera

This article has 10 comments

  1. Leslie A. Miller responded on 22 June 2014 at 8:01pm Reply

    How do we find a theatre?

    Leslie,
    MidCoast, Maine, USA

    • Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 23 June 2014 at 3:07pm

      Dear Leslie,

      We have a search functionality on the cinema section of our website, which enables you to search by location. If you type in the city closest to you and search, cinemas showing Manon Lescaut should appear flagged on the map.

      http://www.roh.org.uk/search/screenings

      I hope that's helpful.

      All the best,

      Lottie

  2. carol responded on 23 June 2014 at 11:52pm Reply

    Are there any opportunities to view screenings in the US?
    The screening search shows Canadian locations, but none in the US.
    Thanks for any insights, Carol in SoCal, USA.

    • Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 24 June 2014 at 12:00pm

      Dear Carol,

      I'm afraid that Manon Lescaut will not be screened live in the USA, but we are hoping it will be shown at a later date. Our US distributor is currently in discussions, and we will notify via social media as soon as we have an update.

      All the best,

      Lottie

  3. Barbara Urban responded on 24 June 2014 at 9:31am Reply

    Flags show up for Canada, but none for the USA. This is something you MUST have always had knowledge of, so please be honest and helpful, and provide that info......that this is NOT being shown in the USA. I cannot adequately express the depth of my disappointment.

    • Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 24 June 2014 at 12:02pm

      Dear Barbara,

      I'm afraid Manon Lescaut will not be screened live in the USA. Our US distributor is in discussions at the moment, and we are hoping it will be shown at a later date. We will update on social media as soon as we have confirmation.

      All the best,

      Lottie

  4. John responded on 24 June 2014 at 2:18pm Reply

    Not surprised the US market won't get the live broadcast. Somebody wasn't able to wrangle a fee. The US is always a pound short when it comes to Europe. And organizations like the Met wonder why their audiences are thinning out?

  5. evelyn responded on 25 June 2014 at 12:24pm Reply

    BRAVI

  6. Cindy Bowser responded on 7 July 2014 at 10:58am Reply

    Will Manon Lescaut be put out on a DVD?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 7 July 2014 at 9:27pm

      Dear Cindy

      We are waiting to see if this is possible and will share the decision one way or another on social media.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

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