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The opera charts Manon's course from wide-eyed innocent to a woman who has seen all too much of the world, and Massenet supplies a lushly romantic score, bursting with life and colour. On her way to the convent where she is destined to spend her days, Manon falls instantly in love with the handsome Des Grieux, and they elope. Torn between her devotion to Des Grieux and the seductiveness of glamour and riches, Manon's voracious appetite for life blazes through the opera. Whilst he only wants the girl, the girl wants to have it all - even if it proves ultimately to be her undoing.

Author Massenet. Lyrics Meilhac. Lyrics Gille. Book by Prevost.

Archive listings for Manon

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Sung in French with English surtitles. Running time: approx. 3hrs 50mins (inclu. two intervals)Producer Royal Opera. Producer Metropolitan Opera New York. Producer La Scala Milan. Producer Theatre du Capitole Toulouse. Conductor Emmanuel Villaume. Director Laurent Pelly. Director Christian Rath (revival director). DramaturgAgathe Melinand. Design Chantal Thomas. Costume Laurent Pelly. Costume Jean-Jacques Delmotte. Lighting Joel Adam. Choreographer Lionel Hoche. Company Royal Opera Chorus. Company Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Performer Ermonela Jaho (Manon Lescaut - Jan14 14/17/21/24/28). Performer Ailyn Perez (Manon Lescaut - Jan14 31 Feb14 4). Performer Matthew Polenzani (Chevalier des Grieux). Performer Audun Iversen (Lescaut). Performer Alastair Miles (Le Comte des Grieux). Performer Christophe Martagne (Guillot de Morfontaine). Performer William Shimell (De Bretigny). Performer Simone Mihai (Poussette). Performer Rachel Kelly (Javotte). Performer Nadezhda Karyazina (Rosette). Performer Lynton Black (Innkeeper).
14 Jan 14 to 4 Feb 14Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L0600630336


Company Leeds Youth Opera.
4 Jul 12 to 7 Jul 12The Carriageworks, Leeds :: V1666392263
listing details L754723985


Producer Royal Opera. Producer La Scal Milan. Producer Toulouse Opera. Producer Theatre du Capitole Toulouse. Producer Metropolitan Opera New York. Director Laurent Pelly. Design Chantal Thomas. Lighting Joel Adam. Director Lionel Hoche (movement). Musical Director Antonio Pappano. Performer Anna Netrebjo (Manon). Performer Vittorio Grigolo (Chevalier des Grieux). Performer Russell Braun (Lescaut). Performer Christophe Mortagne (Guillot de Morfontaine Jun 22/25/28/Jul 1). Performer Guy de Mey(Guillot de Morfontaine Jul 4 / / 7 / 10) (Guillot de Morfontaine Jul 4//7/10). Performer William Shimell (Don Alfonso). Performer Christof Fischesser (Comte des Grieux). Performer Simona Mihai (Pousette). Performer Louise Innes (Javotte). Performer Kai Ruutel (Rosette). Performer Lynton Black (Innkeeper).
22 Jun 10 to 10 Jul 10Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L0795103182
22 Jun 09 to 10 Jul 09Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L322862866


New Production. Sung in French with English supertitles. Running time approx 3 hours including intervalCompany Scottish Opera. Conductor Francesco Corti. Director Renaud Doucet. Choreographer Renaud Doucet. Design Andre Barbe. Lighting Guy Simard. Performer Anne Sophie Duprels (Manon Lescaut). Performer Paul Charles Clarke (Chevalier des Grieux). Performer Alan Fairs (Comte des Grieux). Performer Benjamin Bevan (Lescaut). Performer Harry Nicoll (Guillot de Morfontaine). Performer Adrian Powter (De Bretigny). Performer Sarah Redgwick (Poussette). Performer Catriona Barr (Javotte). Performer Louise Poole (Rosette).
20 Jun 09 to 26 Jun 09Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L93774600
12 Jun 09His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen :: V585
listing details L01273095499
5 Jun 09Eden Court Theatre, Inverness :: V626
listing details L01415593341
20 May 09 to 31 May 09Theatre Royal, Glasgow :: V623
listing details L0766056644


New Production. Sung in French with English titles. Running time approx. 2 hours 45 minutes.Company Opera North. Conductor Grant Llewelyn (excluding Oct 22/24/Nov 26/28). Conductor Alistair Dawes (Nov 22/24/Nov 26/28). Director Daniel Slater. Design Francis O'Connor. Costume Francis O'Connor. Lighting Bruno Poet. Choreographer Lynne Hockney. Performer Malin Bystrom (Manon). Performer Julian Gavin (Le Chevalier des Grieux). Performer William Dazeley (Lescaut). Performer Jonathan Best (Le Comte des Grieux). Performer Anna-Clare Monk (Pousette). Performer Allison Cook (Javotte). Performer Louise Innes (Rosette).
26 Nov 03 to 28 Nov 03The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L635891545
5 Nov 03 to 7 Nov 03Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L1388084300
31 Oct 03Hull New Theatre, Hull :: V934
listing details L01218094243
22 Oct 03 to 24 Oct 03Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
listing details L01481311200
16 Oct 03 to 15 Nov 03Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds :: V975
listing details L236946813


Company Preston Opera.
6 Nov 02 to 9 Nov 02Guild Hall and Charter Theatre, Preston :: V524
listing details L01510693632


Company English Touring Opera. Conductor Paul McGrath. Director Gordon Anderson. Design Jamie Vartan. Lighting Mark Doubleday. Choreographer Wayne McGregor. Performer Kate Ladner. Performer Andrew Burden. Performer Nicholas Todorovich. Performer Wyn Pencarreg. Performer Darron Moore. Performer Rebecca Watson. Performer Emma Joanna Colledge. Performer Rebecca Gale. Performer Lee David Bowen. Performer Peter Grant.
28 Nov 01 to 30 Nov 01Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
listing details L292310888
23 Nov 01Theatre Royal, York :: V954
listing details L0468003309
20 Nov 01Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton :: V161
listing details L981155756
9 Nov 01Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
listing details L01450538303
1 Nov 01 to 2 Nov 01Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury :: V674
listing details L1840326289
18 Oct 01 to 20 Oct 01Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
listing details L136504878
1 Jun 01New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London :: V341
listing details L01449237294
16 May 01Guild Hall and Charter Theatre, Preston :: V524
listing details L1426307922
9 May 01 to 11 May 01Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
listing details L916839516
4 May 01Octagon Theatre, Yeovil :: V919
listing details L1340313169
1 May 01The Hawth, Crawley :: V720
listing details L0604823287
3 Apr 01 to 6 Apr 01Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
listing details L041205906
30 Mar 01Hall for Cornwall, Truro :: V1183
listing details L0318934510
26 Mar 01Haymarket Theatre, Leicester :: V431
listing details L75890500
23 Mar 01Jersey Opera House, St Helier :: V869
listing details L1182452881
20 Mar 01Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
listing details L0920926266
14 Mar 01 to 16 Mar 01Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
listing details L01588378403
7 Mar 01 to 9 Mar 01The Hexagon, Reading :: V734
listing details L442751494
28 Feb 01 to 2 Mar 01Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
listing details L1997672619


New production.Company English National Opera. Performer Rosa Mannion. Translation Edmund Tracey. Choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. Lighting Paule Constable. Conductor Paul Daniel. Conductor Michael Lloyd. Performer John Hudson. Performer Ashley Holland.
13 May 98 to 18 Jun 98London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L01826864912

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