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Manon Lescaut

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.

Special ticket pricing: $15.00 Regular admission - $12.00 Seniors - $10.00 Students and Princess members. SERIES PACKAGE DISCOUNT - Entire TEN Opera package can be purchased online, in advance,  for $100.00.

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Other Royal Opera House screenings:

Giacomo Puccini's TURANDOT - January 26

Giacomo Puccini's TOSCA - February 23

Giuseppe Verdi's LES VEPRES SICILIENNES - March 30

Georges Bizet's CARMEN - April 27

Richard Wagner's PARSIFAL - May 25

Giacomo Puccini's LA BOHEME - June 29

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's DON GIOVANNI - July 27

Giuseppe Verdi's NABUCCO - August 24

Christopher Wheeldon's LA TRAVIATA - September 28

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