Jules Massenet's passionate drama of a young woman torn between true love and the promise of a life of luxury could have been written especially for the highly acclaimed stage duo, Anna Netrebko and Rollando Villazón. This bright and romantic production from the Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin is designed for them by director and choreographer Vincent Paterson and Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin with subtlety and variety. Also starring: Afredo Daza, Christof Fischesser, Rémy Corazza and Arttu Kataja.
This co-production with the Los Angles Opera premiered September 30th, 2006 and proved to be a big hit. The broadcast on Arte achieved the highest number of viewers an opera transmitted on Arte ever reached before. In Berlin, another 22.000 people experienced the opera live and open air. Critics raved about the musical qualities, and either they praised the colorful, glossy setting or felt overwhelmed by the modern approach; this production is the 'Manon' of our time!