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. Sung in Italian with English titles. A co-production with San Francisco Opera. Running time approx 2 hours 15 minutes. This production is made possible with the generous support of the Friends of Opera North.Performers Natalia Dercho (Manon Lescaut), Christopher Purves (Lescaut), Hugh Smith (Chevalier des Grieux), Brian Bannatyne-Scott (Geronte de Revoir), Gordon Wilson (Edmondo).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Oliva. Lyrics Illica (after Prevost). Company Opera North. Conductor Richard Farnes. Director Daniel Slater. Design Robert Innes Hoplins. Lighting Simon Mills.