I don't think that the Met could have taken on a better soprano than Anna Netrebko to sing Manon. Piotr Bezcala's de Grieux was superb as well.

Massanet's Manon is less well-known than Puccini's Manon Lescaut, but undeservedly so, I think. The music is ravishing, the store more believable (no deaths in the great desert just north of New Orleans), and Laurent Pelly's new production (albeit updated to a century later) worked.

I'll watch it again when it comes to the Met's "on demand" site.

Highly recommended.