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Opera at the Library

Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 1:14 am

opera masksOn Monday, November 23rd, 2015, at 1:45 P.M., Opera at the Library will present Jules Massenet’s opera Manon at the Cooper Memorial Library, in room 108 B.
In 1884 Jules Massenet had an enormously successful opera entitled Manon, a French version of the Abbe Prevost’s novel about a little country girl who became the leading courtesan in Paris. Manon  is an opéra comique in five acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. It was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 19 January 1884.
Manon is Massenet’s most popular and enduring opera, and having quickly conquered the world’s stages, it has maintained an important place in the repertory since its creation. It is the quintessential example of the charm and vitality of the music and culture of the Parisian Belle Époque.
All performances have English translations for your understanding and are free to the public. We hope to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of this beautiful art form. Light refreshments will be provided at intermission for our guests by our Friends of the Opera. For more information about Opera@theLibrary programs and other special events, please visit our web presence at contact Dennis Smolarek at (352) 536-2275 and email at