Puccini's Manon was sung by Kristine Opolais, a perfect match for the role, a fantastic voice. I would certainly like to see her in more Met HD productions. Manon's love interest, des Grieux, was sung by Roberto Alagna, whom I had never seen on stage before. He brought an energy and youth to the role that belies his actual age (52). And also the fact that he had to learn the role in a matter of weeks, as he had to step in to replace Jonas Kaufmann, who pulled out at the last minute. I always thought he was Romanian. But that's his ex-wife (Angela Gheorghiu). He's actually French, of Italian origin.
And Puccini's music is beautiful of course, in an impressionistic way.