Watch: Ermonela Jaho on Manon
The soprano discusses the appealing - and deeply flawed - heroine of Massenet’s opera.
13 January 2014 at 2.37pm | 1 Comment
Massenet’s classic opera follows the story of Manon Lescaut, a beautiful, impulsive young woman who falls passionately in love as an innocent teenager, before sacrificing it all in favour of a life of riches and luxury.
‘The appeal of Manon’s story comes from her human desire to have everything,’ says Ermonela. ‘She wants fame, she wants money, she wants love – everything!’
Massenet was one of the great melodists of 19th-century opera, and Manon contains some of his finest arias and duets. The title role is richly varied, providing some gorgeous arias and great duets. Find out more about Manon’s musical highlights.
‘In Manon you have to play a lot and it is a challenge for me emotionally,’ says Ermonela. ‘In the last Act especially, when she is talking to Des Grieux, it is impossible to stay cold. I am always struggling to control my tears!’