The BYU School of Music presents Jules Massenet's tragic opera Manon in the de Jong Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21-24. Preview performances will be held on Oct. 17 and 20.
Tickets are $15, with discounts available for alumni, senior citizens, employees, students and groups. Tickets for the preview shows are $10. Tickets can be purchased in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at byuarts.com.
A free, one-hour matinee of a condensed Manon for families entitled An Opera Puzzle will be presented Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. Registration for tickets to the free event are available at familyconcerts.byu.edu sponsored by the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Concert Series.
This opera tells the tragic story of the beautiful, young Manon who faces consequences after she is lured by a life of luxury and the attention of men.
"Manon begins her journey as a curious and innocent girl of 15, thirsting for adventure and excitement," said Lawrence Vincent, director of the opera. "But her growing obsession for worldly attention, eventually proves her demise."
This production fulfills Vincent's educational and spiritual goals as it challenges audiences to consider what can be learned from the mistakes of these tragic characters.
"In our era of instant gratification, it is imperative to consider and understand such consequences. Therein lies the value of such great works as Manon," said Vincent.
Filled with lyrical arias and duets, Manon is considered a jewel of French operas.
The opera will be performed in French with English subtitles. The music accompaniment will be provided by the BYU Philharmonic, conducted by Kory Katseanes.
The show is double-cast and features Elisabeth Coleman and Dru Daniels as Manon; Ben Bird, Ka'imi Ruberson and Banner Smith as Chvalier Des Grieux; Dylan Glenn and Andrew Neumayer as Lescaut; Wayd Odle and Jordan Reynolds as Guillot de Morfontaine; Jacob Khalil and Cameron Mayo as Monsieur de Bretigny; Robert Brandt and Tyrell Wilde as Comt des Grieux; Katherine Armantrout and Michelle Sundwall as Poussette; Mary Jones and Annie Powell as Javotte; Aubrey Odle as Rosette; Colin Kitchen as the Inn Keeper; and Isaac Carlin as the sergeant.
The production crew features Lawrence Vincent as director; Kory Katseanes as conductor; Bridget Benton as production manager; Jordan Liau as stage manager; Travis Coyne as technical director and scenic designer; Donnette Perkins and Deanee DeWitt as costume, hair and makeup designers; Michael G. Handley as lighting designer; Scott Jackson as properties designer; Elise Read as chorus master; Barbara Allen and Nicolas Giusti as musical preparation coaches; and Mark Ohran as projections supervisor.