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16+
Manon Lescaut
About the performance

The world premiere of G. Puccini’s Manon Lescaut happened at the Teatro Regio in Turin on the 1st of February 1893. It was the composer’s triumph: according to the feedback from contemporaries, “the whole of Italy was driven mad in its admiration for this opera”. No less important was the London premiere that took place the following year on the stage of Covent Garden. George Bernard Shaw, known not only for his plays but also his exceptionally engaging and at times cutting music reviews, had a warm reaction to it. His review offered the prophetic blessing: ”It seems to me that Puccini is to a higher degree than any of his competitors likely to be Verdi’s heir”.

Premiered on October 16, 2016.

Presented with one interval.

Libretto by Domenico Oliva, Marco Praga, Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica, Ruggero Leoncavallo, and Giulio Ricordi based on the novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by Abbé Prévost

Scene:
Historic Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
3 hours 5 minutes
Language:
Italian
The score has been made available by G. RICORDI & CO., Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH, Munich
Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
A scene from the performance

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Bogdan Volkov as Edmond

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Anna Nechaeva as Manon. Otar Kunchulia as Geronte De Ravoir

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Riccardo Massi as Chevalier Des Grieux

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Asmik Grigoryan as Manon

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Anna Netrebko as Manon. Yusif Eyvazov as Chevalier Des Grieux

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Anna Netrebko as Manon. Yusif Eyvazov as Chevalier Des Grieux

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Anna Netrebko as Manon. Yusif Eyvazov as Chevalier Des Grieux

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Yusif Eyvazov as Chevalier Des Grieux

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Riccardo Massi as Chevalier Des Grieux. Ainhoa Arteta as Manon

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Murat Karahan as Chevalier Des Grieux. Anna Nechaeva as Manon

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Igor Golovatenko as Lescaut. Otar Kunchulia as Geronte

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A scene from the performance

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Anna Nechaeva as Manon. Oleg Dolgov as Chevalier Des Grieux

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A scene from the performance

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Asmik Grigoryan as Manon

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Elchin Azizov as Lescaut

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Ainhoa Arteta as Manon

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Anna Netrebko as Manon. Marat Gali as Dancing Master

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Murat Karahan as Chevalier Des Grieux

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Maria Lobanova as Manon. Oleg Dolgov as Chevalier Des Grieux

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Ainhoa Arteta as Manon. Riccardo Massi as Chevalier Des Grieux

Photo by Natalia Voronova

Alberto Gazale as Lescaut

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Anna Nechaeva as Manon

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Oleg Dolgov as Chevalier Des Grieux. Maria Lobanova as Manon

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Murat Karahan as Chevalier Des Grieux. Maria Lobanova as Manon

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Yusif Eyvazov as Chevalier Des Grieux. Anna Nechaeva as Manon

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Ainhoa Arteta as Manon. Riccardo Massi as Chevalier Des Grieux

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Synopsis

Act I

A public square in Amiens

Students enjoy the summer evening in the town square. One of them, Edmondo, sings a madrigal of youthful pleasure, hoping to attract the young women. They ask a brooding Des Grieux to join them, and to prove he is not cynical about love, he gallantly flirts with a group of girls with mock courtesy. As they all celebrate in the street, a carriage arrives at the inn carrying Geronte, Lescaut and his sister Manon. Des Grieux is struck by Manon’s beauty and shyly approaches her. She is called inside by her brother, but has been won over by Des Grieux’s words, and they make plans to meet later.

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