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Manon Lescaut 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.


Music: Puccini
Lyrics(s): Oliva, Illica (after Prevost)
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Archive listings for Manon Lescaut

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Concert Performance.Company Oper Berlin. Conductor Donald Runnicles.
22 Aug 19Usher Hall, Edinburgh :: V0738357779
listing details L0627207122


Sung in Italian with English surtitlesProducer Royal Opera House. Conductor Antonio Pappano. Director Jonathan Kent. Performer Sondra Radvanovsky (Manon Lescaut). Performer Aleksandrs Antonenko (Chevalier Des Grieux). Performer Levente Molnar (Lescaut). Performer Eric Halfvarson (Geronte di Revoir). Performer Luis Gomes (Edmondo). Performer Aled Hall (Dancing Master). Performer Emily Edmonds (Singer). Performer David Junghoon Kim (Lamplighter). Performer David Shipley (Sergeant). Performer Nicholas Crawley (Naval Captain).
22 Nov 16 to 12 Dec 16Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L2111280878


Sung in Italian with English surtitlesProducer Royal Opera. Conductor Antonio Pappano. Director Jonathan Kent. Design Paul Brown. Lighting Mark Henderson. Choreographer Denni Sayers. Company Royal Opera Chorus. Company Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Performer Kristine Opolais (Manon Lescaut). Performer Jonas Kaufmann (Chevalier des Grieux). Performer Christopher Maltman (Lascaut). Performer Maurizio Muraro (Geronte di Ravoir). Performer Benjamin Hulett (Edmondo). Performer Robert Burt (Dancing Master). Performer Nadezhda Karyazina (Singer). Performer Luis Gomes (Lamplighter). Performer Jeremy White (Naval Captain). Performer Jihoon Kim (Sergeant - Act III).
17 Jun 14 to 7 Jul 14Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L01908377834


New ProductionCompany Welsh National Opera. Conductor Lothar Koenigs. Director Mariusz Trelinski. Design Boris Kudlicka. Costume Magdalena Musial. Choreographer Tomasz Wygoda. Other Bartek Macias (video projections). Lighting Felice Ross. Performer Chiara Taigi (Manon Lescaut). Performer David Kempster (Lescaut). Performer Gwyn Hughes Jones (Chevaller des Grieux). Performer Stephen Richardson (Geronte di Ravoir).
11 Apr 14Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol :: V856
listing details L01322880612
2 Apr 14 to 4 Apr 14Venue Cymru (formerly - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno :: V848
listing details L0731469747
26 Mar 14 to 28 Mar 14Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L01743461124
19 Mar 14 to 21 Mar 14Mayflower Theatre, Southampton :: V774
listing details L0274933561
12 Mar 14 to 14 Mar 14Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V754
listing details L332723696
5 Mar 14 to 7 Mar 14Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L0555184738
8 Feb 14 to 27 Feb 14Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L01654334671


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.Company Opera North. Conductor Richard Farnes. Director Daniel Slater. Design Robert Innes Hoplins. Lighting Simon Mills. Performer Natalia Dercho (Manon Lescaut). Performer Christopher Purves (Lescaut). Performer Hugh Smith (Chevalier des Grieux). Performer Brian Bannatyne-Scott (Geronte de Revoir). Performer Gordon Wilson (Edmondo).
9 Nov 04 to 11 Nov 04Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L51764752
3 Nov 04 to 5 Nov 04Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds :: V975
listing details L750864622
19 Oct 04 to 21 Oct 04The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L0793328129
13 Oct 04 to 15 Oct 04Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
listing details L117018524
23 Sep 04 to 5 Nov 04Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds :: V975
listing details L23882180


Company Kentish Opera. Conductor Stephen Harris. Director Sally Langford.
23 Apr 02 to 27 Apr 02Churchill Theatre, Bromley :: V302
listing details L374974133


Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Running time 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval of 20 minutes. Wednesday Jul 4 - performance is a Charity Gala in aid of the Kensington Housing Trust.Company Cadogan Opera. Producer Royal Borough of Kensington. Producer Chelsea Libraries and Arts Services. Director Matthias Janser. Conductor Brad Cohen. Design Andrew Walsh. Company Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Holland Park. Company Opera Holland Park Chorus.
3 Jul 01 to 7 Jul 01Opera Holland Park - Open Air Theatre, Inner London :: V203
listing details L01149093239


Company Park Opera.
14 Feb 01 to 17 Feb 01South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
listing details L01610017713


New production supported by The Kobler Trust.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). Performer Nina Stemme (Manon Lescaut). Performer Julia Melinek (Manon Lescaut from Oct 30). Performer Martin Thompson (Chevalier des Grieux). Performer John Daszak (Chevalier des Grieux from Oct 30). Performer David Kempster (Lescaut). Performer Mark Richardson (Geronte de Revoir). Performer John Graham Hall (Edmondo/Dancing Master/Lamp-Lighter). Performer Richard Roberts (Edmondo/Dancing Master/Lamp-Lighter from Oct 25). Performer Graeme Danby (Innkeeper). Performer Susan Parry (Musician). Performer Roberto Salvatori (Naval Captain). Performer Leigh Melrose (Sergeant of Archers).
18 Sep 00 to 3 Nov 00London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L537175397


Revival of the 1997 production.Company Glyndebourne. Conductor Dietfried Bernet. Director Graham Vick. Design Richard Hudson. Lighting Jennifer Tipton. Performer London Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer Adina Nitescu (Manon Lescaut). Performer Emma Selway (A Musician). Performer Mikhail Dawidoff (Chevalier des Grieux). Performer Antonello Palombi (Chevalier des Grieux). Performer Vassily Gerello (Lescaut). Performer Antonello Palombi (Edmondo).
3 Jul 99 to 20 Aug 99Glyndebourne, Lewes :: V671
listing details L0441578198
3 Jul 99 to 20 Aug 99Glyndebourne, Lewes :: V671
listing details L46317620


Conductor John Eliot Gardiner.
18 May 97 to 1 Jun 97Glyndebourne, Lewes :: V671
listing details L02104769620

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