is the opera in which Puccini found his voice. Never again did he equal the intensity of full-blooded sexual passion with which he imbued this opera. The catalyst is the Chevalier de Grieux, a young man initiated into a wanton world, all too aware of the degradation he will suffer but powerless to resist it. The object of his obsession is Manon, irresistibly charming and lethally corrupt, infuriatingly poised between the trivial and the sublime. Puccini's musical imagination was at its most fecund as he lavished his immortal melodies on these potent characters. New production supported by The Kobler Trust.Performers Nina Stemme (Manon Lescaut), Julia Melinek (Manon Lescaut from Oct 30), Martin Thompson (Chevalier des Grieux), John Daszak (Chevalier des Grieux from Oct 30), David Kempster (Lescaut), Mark Richardson (Geronte de Revoir), John Graham Hall (Edmondo/Dancing Master/Lamp-Lighter), Richard Roberts (Edmondo/Dancing Master/Lamp-Lighter from Oct 25), Graeme Danby (Innkeeper), Susan Parry (Musician), Roberto Salvatori (Naval Captain), Leigh Melrose (Sergeant of Archers).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Oliva. Lyrics Illica (after Prevost). Company English National Opera. Director Keith Warner. Translation Keith Warner. Translation Emma Warner. Costume Stefanos Lazaridis. Costume Emma Ryott (assistant). Lighting Davy Cunningham. Conductor Paul Daniel. Conductor Alex Ingram (Oct 17 20 25 and 27).