Bright lights, lavish parties and the height of fashion at every turn. But at what price?

Composed at the height of the Belle Epoque, Jules Massenet’s bright, sensual opera follows a pair of not-so-innocent young lovers as they tangle with the toast of Paris, inviting dangerous consequences.

Music by Jules Massenet | Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille

Sung in French with English supertitles

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Running Time

Approximately 3 hours, 15 minutes including two intermissions

Who Should See It

Great date night. Best for lovers of Paris.

Best Value Date

Wednesday, November 22

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Saturday 11/04/17 7:30PM
Tuesday 11/07/17 7:30PM
Friday 11/10/17 7:30PM
Thursday 11/16/17 7:30PM *
Sunday 11/19/17 2:00PM *
Wednesday 11/22/17 7:30PM *


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The Expert: Marcia Green

Learn about the opera’s music, characters, composer and historical background.


A couple's joys of youth and pleasure are interrupted by tragedy and family betrayal. 

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“Michael Fabiano brought a high-voltage blend of tonal beauty and fearless athleticism...His performance was simply breathtaking.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Patrick Fournillier, a Massenet specialist, conducts with undiminished expressivity.”

LA Times

"Director Vincent Boussard has created a collaborative work of brilliance, also designing the elaborate traditional swirling costumes which sparkle..."

The Baltic Times

Cast & Creative

Manon Ellie Dehn
Chevalier des Grieux Michael Fabiano
Lescaut David Pershall
Comte des Grieux James Creswell
De Brétigny Timothy Mix
Guillot de Morfontaine Robert Brubaker
Pousette Monica Dewey *
Javotte Laura Krumm
Rosette Renée Rapier


November 4, 7, 10, 16, 19, 22, 2017

Conductor Patrick Fournillier
Director Vincent Boussard
Set Designer Vincent Lemaire
Costume Designer Vincent Boussard
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera Debut

A co-production with Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Israeli Opera.

Previous performances of Manon can be found in our Archive.




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Photo (top): Lithuanian National Opera production of Manon/Martynas Aleksa