Giacomo Puccini’s third opera, with libretto by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa and Marco Praga, based on L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon. Libretto Manon Lescaut. [primo interprete, sesso]. Manon. Lescaut [ โ™€ ]. soprano [ Cesira Ferrani, โ™€ ]. Lescaut. sergente delle guardie del re [ โ™‚ ]. baritono. (Lescaut): In quelle trine morbide (Manon): Madrigale (mezzo-soprano, chorus): L’ora, o Tirsi, รจ vaga e bella (Manon): Ah! Manon, mi tradisce (des Grieux).

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Manon is unsatisfied with a simple lifestyle, and she decides to let herself be kept by a wealthy old man. Her penchant for luxury and wealth takes her to prison; finally she is deported to New Orleans where her life comes to a tragic end.

In this hellish adventure, Des Grieux, moved by his blind, obsessive love for Manon, will try by every means to follow her. On the way, a stop is planned at Amiens, where many people are waiting for the carriage. Among the other passengers is Geronte de Ravoir, a wealthy tax farmer-general, along with Manon and her brother Lescaut, a sergeant in the Royal Guard; they get off the carriage to rest in the nearby inn.

Among the waiting crowd is libreyto the student Des Grieux, whose comrades tease him for his naivety towards girls. The Chevalier Des Grieux is libgetto as soon as he sees Manon. While Geront and Lescaut head towards the inn, the student approaches Manon, learns her fate and tries to persuade her to start a new life with him. Meanwhile, Geront has managed to convince Lescaut, with a large bribe, to leave his sister Manon to him as mistress, so he can take her to Paris.


Another student, Edmond, overhearing this conversation, reveals the plan to Des Grieux.

He then decides to take Manon and flee with her to Paris, taking over the carriage that Geront has hired. The crowd then mocks the deceived Geront lescaur the drunken Lescaut.

Lescaut tells her that Des Grieux still loves her and, in order to become wealthy, has started to gamble. Then Des Grieux arrives, summoned by Lescaut. The lovers reconcile but are surprised in their embrace by Geront.

As the farmer leaves the room threatening them, Des Grieux implores Manon to flee with him.

Manon Lescaut

As Manon gathers together some jewellery, Lescaux bursts into the room and announces that Geront is arriving with soldiers. It is too late to flee, and Manon is arrested. Lescaut prevents Des Grieux from freeing Manon with a weapon. Manon has been sentenced to exile in America and is taken to Le Havre with other women. Des Grieux did not manage to free Manon, and his last attempt to get her out of the prison in Le Havre also fails.


The prisoner is taken aboard the boat.

Manon Lescaut (Puccini) – Wikipedia

The despairing Des Grieux holds on to his beloved and finally manages to persuade the captain to hire him and take him to Louisiana. Even in exile, Manon is unable to give up her depraved life. libretgo

The loving couple has to flee once again and become lost in a desert far from New Orleans. Leacaut are exhausted, hungry and thirsty.

Manon begs for water; Des Grieux looks for some desperately. Manon collapses, acknowledges her guilt, tells him she never loved anyone but him, and dies manln his arms. Connect Connect to your account. Community All comments Contributor list Columnist list.

Act 3 Manon has been sentenced to exile in America and is taken to Le Havre with other women. Act 4 Even in exile, Manon is unable to give up her depraved life.