Lyrical drama in 4 acts by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa & Marco Praga, based on L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. First performed in the Teatro Regio in Turin on 1 February 1893.
Sung in Italian with English and French surtitles
Duration : approx. 2:45 (with 2 intermissions)
Few operas have surpassed Manon Lescaut in the depiction of the urgency of young love. The controversial 18th century French novel of a beautiful young woman destroyed by her conflicting needs for love and luxury had already inspired Massenet’s Manon when Giacomo Puccini set out composing his Italian version. Despite the hard act to follow, Puccini made the story his own and infused it with a new level of frank emotion and a flood of melody. This concert performance of the masterpiece that first brought fame to Puccini comes for one night only from the Teatro Regio in Turin, with two stellar members of the original cast, María José Siri and Gregory Kunde, conducted by one of Italy’s leading lyric maestros, Gianandrea Noseda.
|Musical Director||Gianandrea Noseda|
|Chorus master||Claudio Fenoglio|
|Manon Lescaut||Maria José Siri|
|Chevalier Renato des Grieux||Gregory Kunde|
|Geronte di Ravoir||Carlo Lepore|
|Innkeeper / Sergeant of the Royal Archers||Dario Giorgelè|
|A musician||Clarissa Leonardi|
|The Dancing Master / The Lamplighter||Saverio Pugliese|
|Naval Captain||Cristian Saitta|
|Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio of Turin|