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Our film is inspired by Jonathan Kent's directorial vision for his new production of Puccini's opera.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

8 May 2014 at 10.46am | 6 Comments

This summer, Puccini's Manon Lescaut returns to Covent Garden for the first time in 30 years, in a new staging by Jonathan Kent.

The production stars Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann and sees the director update Puccini's tale of a young woman seduced by love, and then by money to a more contemporary setting. 'It was one of Puccini's early successes because of that relationship and the doomed love affair. [It contains] some of the greatest music Puccini ever wrote,' Jonathan Kent said in a recent interview we filmed with him about the production. Antonio Pappano will conduct.

Though tickets for performances at Covent Garden are nearly sold out, the production will be relayed live to cinemas on 24 June. It's the last of this Season's cinema screenings and well worth considering if you haven't tried the opera-in-cinemas experience before.

Manon Lescaut runs from 17 June-7 July 2014. A limited number of tickets are still available.The production will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 24 June. Find your nearest cinema and sign up for our mailing list.

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

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

8 May 2014 at 10.46am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Jonathan Kent, Film, Manon Lescaut, trailer

This article has 6 comments

  1. George responded on 8 May 2014 at 10:03pm Reply

    Looking forward to this production, just hope the update does not take to many risks

  2. Michele Connolly responded on 15 May 2014 at 7:47pm Reply

    Will be watching this production live at the cinema in Forcalquier, Provence along with many friends. Brilliant idea which enables people from all over the world to see such fantastic ballet and opera performances. Thank you. A bientot!

  3. Luke responded on 31 May 2014 at 11:05am Reply

    Unfortunately, I cannot make it to the live cinema relay of Manon Lescaut. This may be a little premature, but are there any plans to release the production on DVD? If not, are there any encore screenings planned?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 31 May 2014 at 10:15pm

      Dear Luke

      Thanks for your email. We are never able to confirm a DVD release this early, but do check your local cinema for encores as they are quite common now.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  4. Barbara Urban responded on 17 June 2014 at 1:37pm Reply

    I am in New York, US, frustrated that apparently the June 24 "live in cinemas" is not available here. Firstly, am I correct about that? And secondly, are there possibly belated screenings here? Your website gives me 2 July dates, 17 and 20, for my local movie house, neither of which they have on their schedules, although they do list July 29, which your site does not list. I love that you are doing "live in cinemas", but wish your website would supply accurate information.
    PS...I LOVE the live streaming and hope you will do more of that in future.
    Thanks to ROH from a US opera lover.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 17 June 2014 at 3:31pm

      Dear Barbara

      Thank you for your query - I believe that our US distributor does take performances after the 'live' window, but that does not explain the discrepancy you have noticed on our website. I have passed your query on to the cinema team and will share their response.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

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