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Manon LescautNew production

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Holland Park TheatreHolland Park, London, Greater London, W8 6LU, United Kingdom
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Festival: Opera Holland Park
Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)Manon LescautLibretto by Luigi Illica, Marco Praga, Domenico Oliva
Opera Holland Park
Peter RobinsonConductor
Karolina SofulakDirector
George LeighSet Designer, Costume Designer
Elizabeth LlewellynSopranoManon Lescaut
Peter AutyTenorChevalier des Grieux
Paul Carey JonesBaritoneLescaut
Stephen RichardsonBassGeronte di Ravoir
Stephen AvissTenorEdmondo
Ellie EdmondsMezzo-sopranoMusician
Opera Holland Park Chorus
City of London Sinfonia

Premiered in Turin in 1893, Puccini’s adaptation turned a sentimental narrative into an operatic sensation. Four episodes of ensnarement and escape trace the affair between Manon and Des Grieux from Amiens to Paris, and Le Havre to Louisiana, with a stunning intermezzo for strings. In the cruel and glorious opera that made Puccini’s name, a convent girl becomes a courtesan, then a convict, forever unable to choose between a life of luxury and a life of love.

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