Manon Lescaut - Covent Garden (2014) - Manon Lescaut - Covent Garden (2014)

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New production

Broadcasted live in theaters around the world on Tuesday 24 June

Manon is on her way to a convent when she meets the young student Des Grieux. The pair fall in love and escape to Paris, but when the elderly Geronte offers Manon a life of wealth and luxury, her head is turned.

Puccini’s publisher tried to prevent him from adapting Abbé Prévost’s L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut – Massenet had already created a highly successful opera based on the novel. But Puccini was not to be dissuaded, claiming ‘a woman like Manon can have more than one lover’. Despite a troubled gestation (five librettists were engaged in the project), the premiere of Manon Lescaut in 1893 was Puccini’s first major triumph – a hit with critics and the public alike.

Jonathan Kent – director of The Royal Opera’s much-loved staging of Tosca – brings a new production of Manon Lescaut to Covent Garden. Puccini’s sumptuous, richly-coloured score is characterized by youthful vitality and filled with glorious melodies. Des Grieux expresses his passion for Manon in the Act I aria ‘Vedete? io son fedele’, lively dances evoke Manon’s luxurious life in Paris in Act II, while in the impassioned finale to Act III, ‘Pazza son!’, Des Grieux begs to be allowed to join the imprisoned Manon on her voyage to America. The opera culminates in Manon’s heartbreaking Act IV aria ‘Sola, perduta, abbandonata’, as she contemplates her impending death.

More information is available on the operahouse's official website.


June 17, 2014 19:00:00

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June 20, 2014 19:00:00

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Jonathan Kent

Antonio Pappano

Kristine Opolais

Christopher Maltman

Jonas Kaufmann

Maurizio Muraro

Benjamin Hulett

Nadezhda Karyazina

Robert Burt

Luis Gomes

Jihoon Kim

Jeremy White

Work's characters list



Manon Lescaut


Chevalier Renato Des Grieux

Geronte di Ravoir


Un musico

Il maestro di ballo

Un lampionaio

Un sergente degli arceri

Il Commandante di Marina

Manon Lescaut - Covent Garden (2014) (Production - London , united kingdom)

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