Running Time: 213 min.
Release Date: March 5, 2016 (limited)
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Soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role of the beautiful, fun-loving country girl Manon Lescaut, who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Jonas Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her in this opera based on the 18th-century novel by Abbé Prévost.
Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. "Desperate passion" is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day.
The Metropolitan Opera