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Saturday afternoon, March 11th at NOON

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Saturday afternoon, March 11th at NOON


This month we will be showing Puccini’s third opera, Manon Lescaut. It is the story of a beautiful young woman who goes astray en route to a convent and drifts into a life of self-indulgence, sexual exploitation and crime. This is a story full of operatic situations. Manon is a heroine you can believe in, and will win over your heart.

The story of Manon Lescaut inspired two operas — Puccini’s and Massenet’s earlier Manon. Puccini took a big risk competing with Massenet, but it worked. He did not eclipse Massenet, and gave his own career a major boost.

This wonderful Covent Garden production, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais, is updated to a more contemporary time. It is acclaimed as a highly professional production with two of the best singers in the business. Grab your tissues because it will bring you to tears. These two can sing up a storm and are great actors as well. Antonio Pappano is an amazing conductor as he coaches the singers to bring out their best. One of the best Manon Lescauts on the market.

Running time: 129 minutes, with three intermissions

Read / download the synopsis: Manon Lescaut

Read / download the libretto: Manon Lescaut libretto

Newcomers to opera — These DVD presentations by the Pescadero Opera Society are a great way to learn about opera. The atmosphere is always friendly and informal — never stuffy. An introduction to the opera is given before the show, letting you know what you are about to see and hear, and any opera trivia available. Programs are provided that include a synopsis of the opera. The DVD includes English subtitles, and there’s always room for questions and discussion.

The opera is held in our fabulous Event Hall (lovingly referred to as “The Barn”). It will be shown on our wonderful giant-sized Gracie Anderson Memorial Movie Screen (donated by her son, Rodney), in six-channel digital surround-sound (donated by Jason Skinner and family, and several yard sales). Sit in our comfy theater seats (donated by Coastal Repertory Theatre), all set on our wonderful carpeting from the Ritz Carlton ballroom (donated by Kevin Palmer of Floors to Go, Premier Termite & the Long Branch Saloon/Event Center). Munch on popcorn from our fantastic popcorn machine (donated by Chris and Suneva from Aratas Pumpkin Farm). Keep warm and cozy with our 60,000 BTU heater, and enjoy the show with our fabulous projector (both made possible by your generous donations).

Socializing, barbecue and pot luck are held between 12:00-2:00 p.m. We will provide the main dish, large salad, drinks and snacks. Please bring a dish that you want to share for the pot luck. The opera starts promptly at 2:00 p.m. with a brief introduction by Phyllis Neumann.

Opera Programs. Opera programs will be distributed at the opera. But, if you want to bone up on this month’s opera before you see it you can download it from here.

Opera Schedule 2016-17

2nd Saturday of the month Pot-luck and socializing: 12:00-2:00 p.m. Opera starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

September 10th

“La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi Starring Reneé Fleming, Rolando Villazon and Renato Bruson

October 8th

“The Enchanted Island” by Jeremy Sams Starring David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese and Plácido Domingo

November 12th

“Salome” by Richard Strauss Starring Nadja Michael, Thomas Moser and Michael Volle

December 10th

“Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II Starring Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey; conducted by Plácido Domingo

January 14th

“Faust” by Charles Gounod Starring Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel and Angela Gheorgiu

February 11th

“Faust” by Charles Gounod Starring Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel and Angela Gheorgiu

March 11th

“Manon Lescaut” by Giacomo Puccini Starring Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais

April 8th

“Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner Starring Richard Cassilly, Eva Marton, Tatiana Troyanos; James Levine

May 13th

“Moby Dick” by Jake Heggie Starring Jay Hunter Morris, Jonathan Lemalu, Morgan Smith

June 10th

“Daughter of the Regiment” by Gaetano Donizetti Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez