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May 16, 2013

Opera closes season with 'Manon'


The turn for the worse unfolds on stage in a subtle way as Manon goes from good girl to gambling her life away.

“There really is a progression, a transformation that you can see of Manon and des Grieux from the very first encounter they have full of innocence to the decadent end of the work,” Beaulac said.

This one is full of internal demons and lots of dirty laundry.

“Oh, yes, well, there’s a lot of that in the world,” Beaulac quipped.

Beaulac said that Massenet’s version of “Manon” is slightly different than Puccini’s take.

“Puccini’s ‘Manon’ is already more tragic right from the beginning,” Beaulac said. “The music is heavier even in the first act. It’s not as light as Massenet’s. You don’t see that nice progression.”

Beaulac calls this production “overall very well-rounded.”

“This will be a nice treat for our operagoers,” he said.

Steven Howell is the author of Montreal Essential Guide, a Sutro Media iPhone travel app available at

IF YOU GO WHAT: "Manon" WHEN: Curtain call is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18; Tuesday, May 21; Thursday, May 23; and Saturday, May 25. WHERE: Place des Arts, 175 St. Catherine St. W. (Metro station Place des Arts), Montreal. ADMISSION: Adult tickets range from about $51 to $127. Discounts are available for students and those 18 to 30. CONTACT: Call the Place des Arts box office at (866) 842-2112. Also visit or NOTE: To follow along, the work features English and French "surtitles" positioned over the stage proscenium.

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