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Massenet’s Manon, a “fearless probing of the human psyche in love” comes to the Clark, live from the Met

For Immediate Release

March 29, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Massenet’s Manon, a “fearless probing of the human psyche in love” (Huffington Post) comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 7 at 12:00 pm, live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera. In Laurent Pelly’s new production—an enormous hit when it premiered at Covent Garden—star soprano Anna Netrebko explores the extremes of Massenet’s irresistible heroine. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance, and the doors will open at 11:30 am.

Netrebko sings her first Met performances of the title role in Manon, Massenet’s opera about a country girl with conflicting desires for love and luxury who is drawn into a life of glamorous—but hollow—Parisian sophistication. Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Chevalier des Grieux, a young nobleman who falls in love with Manon; Paulo Szot sings the role of Lescaut, Manon’s protective cousin who struggles with temptations of his own; and David Pittsinger sings the Comte des Grieux, who wants his son out of Manon’s arms and into a respectable future. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads Massenet’s passionate opera, seen in a stylish new production by Laurent Pelly. Soprano Natalie Dessay hosts the transmission. “Netrebko's full-blooded, vocally virtuosic Manon is at first surprising in a role usually sung by lighter, more delicate voices…but the Russian soprano's supercharged voice is a fine fit for a production that paints a picture of ravishing Paris—with a knife in it” (Associated Press).

The Met: Live in HD 2011-2012 Season concludes with Verdi’s La Traviata on April 14. The Clark’s intimate auditorium is one of the best performance venues in the region, with comfortable seating and soaring acoustics. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

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April 7: Massenet’s Manon, a “fearless probing of the human psyche in love” (Huffington Post) comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 7 at 12:00 pm, live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera. In Laurent Pelly’s new production—an enormous hit when it premiered at Covent Garden—star soprano Anna Netrebko explores the extremes of Massenet’s irresistible heroine. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance, and the doors will open at 11:30 am. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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