Message from Antony, group organiser [masked]):
Collect your ticket from me on the evening from 6.40pm.
Meet on Bow Street, outside the entrance as on the photo - meeting point marked 'M'. I will be wearing a dark cap.
Aim to arrive by 7.15pm at the latest. The performance starts at 7.30pm and you will need time to reach your seat.
Join us at the Royal Opera House for this Friday evening performance of 'Manon Lescaut', Puccini’s first operatic triumph.
Puccini’s richly-coloured score is characterized by youthful vitality and filled with glorious melodies, sumptuous duets and, in true opera tradition, arias of passion and desolation.
Jonathan Kent created this thought-provoking production in 2014. The trailer gives a sample of the majestic score.
The source material for Manon Lescaut was a popular novel, which had already inspired one highly successful opera. But Puccini was not to be dissuaded, claiming ‘a woman like Manon can have more than one lover’.
The premiere of Manon Lescaut in 1893 was Puccini’s first major triumph, a hit with both public and critics.
Manon Lescaut is an opera in four acts. Jonathan Kent's production finds contemporary resonance in the story of a woman tempted and misguided into acting against her best interests.
Manon Lescaut contains scenes of an adult nature.
When Manon meets the young student Des Grieux they fall in love. They elope – but when the elderly Geronte offers Manon a life of wealth and luxury, her head is turned.
Side slip seats are high and near the stage. Selected before they go on general sale, we obtain better positions and sight lines than are normally available to the public.
A restricted view of the stage BUT all the atmosphere of the evening and reputedly, being over the orchestra, the best acoustics.
These tickets will sell immediately when public sales open. They are subsidised to allow access to all and thus at under £20 they offer incredible value.
From The Guardian on the Opera House side slip experience: "I pick up on the hidden advantages of this high spot where, if I stood up and stretched, I could almost touch the ceiling. From up here, the epic scale of the building is revealed in all its multi-tiered, maroon-and-gold glory…. "
The performance is sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval.
NOTE: We have unrestricted view seats also (click here).
Ticket value: £13
To join this event - £15.50 including meetup / paypal fees.
Limited side slip places for this event - 8 only.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.
Some of the world's most famous singers have performed with the Company, including Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazón and Juan Diego Flórez, as well as the late Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.