L'histoire de Manon

@ Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano
From 12 to 20 November 2015
Kenneth MacMillan

Ballet Company and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala Production


Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes intermissions included


Music Jules Massenet
Arrangement and orchestration Martin Yates
Choreography Kenneth MacMillan
Conductor David Coleman
Sets and costumes Nicholas Georgiadis


Svetlana Zakharova (12, 14, 17)
Roberto Bolle (12, 14, 17)

Guest artists 

Natalia Osipova (18, 20)
David Hallberg (18, 20)

Notes on performances

In the France of the Enlightenment, fortunes are made and lost at the speed of lightning. Manon, a captivating damsel of dangerously innocent charm, yields to the temptations of wealth and becomes corrupt and calculating. For her brother Lescaut she is a bargaining chip, for old Monsieur G.M. she is an object of desire; and for the student Des Grieux she is true and pure love. The character created by Prévost, which became popular thanks to melodrama, acquires a new and fascinating life through dance: in a wonderful example of his creativity, Kenneth MacMillan sets out the glamour and the tragedy of the leading character and creates splendid male roles, for a ballet that is exciting, real and gripping on the dramatic, psychological and choreographic planes. Our étoiles Svetlana Zakharova return on stage for three performances.