Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut
Libretto by Domenico Oliva and Luigi Illica
Sentenced by her parents to a life in the convent, Manon escapes to Paris with her young lover, the student Chevalier des Grieux. Lured away by the glamorous life offered by an elderly patron, Manon's true feelings for her first love are rekindled when des Grieux suddenly reappears. But when she refuses to abandon her jewels, her wealthy benefactor plots a revenge that sends foolish, frivolous Manon to despair in a distant land.
Intensely romantic and beguiling, Manon Lescaut introduces the first tragic heroine in a long list of Puccini favorites.
"[Racette] exceeds expectations with a rare blend of radiant singing and emotional truth."
Approx. 2-1/2 hours
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Presented by: Washington National Opera