Passion, pleasure and regret in a story about contradictions and sacrifices
Inspired by the eponymous novel by the Abbé Prévost, Puccini achieved his first major success with Manon Lescaut. The story of the rise and fall of the courtesan Manon was written with captivating music, true to the principles of verism and with the right amount of heart rendering emotion in passages such as the famous aria “Sola, perduta, abbandonata” of act four.
Two acclaimed tenors share the role of Des Grieux, America’s Gregory Kunde and Spain’s Jorge de León. They are joined by two internationally reputed sopranos in the leading role, the Ukraine’s Ludmyla Monastyrska and Italy’s Maria Pia Piscitelli.
The Liceu welcomes a new coproduction between the Liceu, the Palau de les Arts in Valencia and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. The action takes place in the context of early 20th century immigration with the memory of Ellis Island as the background.
Dramma lirico in four acts. Libretto by Domenico Oliva and Luigi Illica. Worl premiere: 01/02/1893, Teatro Regio of Torino. First staged in Barcelona: 05/04/1896, Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 08/01/2007. Liceu total performances: 60.
- Emmanuele Villaume
- Stage director
- Davide Livermore
- Set design
- Davide Livermore and Giò Forma
- Costume designer
- Giusi Giustino
- Lighting designer
- Nicolas Bovey
- Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro di San Carlo (Naples) and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Valencia)
- Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
- Director of the Chorus
- Conxita Garcia
|Manon Lescaut||Ludmyla Monastyrska||7th,10th,13th,16th,19th,21th June|
|Maria Pia Piscitelli||8th,11th,14th,17th,20th,22th June|
|Lescaut||David Bižić||7th,10th,13th,16th,19th,21th June|
|Jared Bybee||8th,11th,14th,17th,20th,22th June|
|Renato Des Grieux||Gregory Kunde||7th,10th,13th,16th,19th,21th June|
|Jorge de León||8th,11th,14th,17th June|
|Rafael Davila||20th,22th June|
|Geronte di Ravoir||Carlos Chausson|
|The innkeeper||Marc Pujol|
|Dance Master||José Manuel Zapata|
|A sergeant||Michael Borth|
|Naval Captain||David Sánchez|
|The lamplighter||Jordi Casanova|
|7||Thursday||20:00||Turn B||Fee 4|
|8||Friday||20:00||Turn PB||Fee 4|
|10||Sunday||17:00||Turn T||Fee 4|
|11||Monday||20:00||Turn PC||Fee 6|
|13||Wednesday||20:00||Turn H||Fee 5|
|14||Thursday||20:00||Turn PE||Fee 6|
|16||Saturday||20:00||Turn C||Fee 4|
|17||Sunday||18:00||Turn PD||Fee 4|
|19||Tuesday||20:00||Turn A||Fee 4|
|20||Wednesday||20:00||Turn PA||Fee 5|
|21||Thursday||20:00||Turn D||AD||Fee 4|
|22||Friday||20:00||Turn E||Fee 4|
First Act 38m
Second Act 42m
Third Act 23m
Fourth Act 23m
Approximate running time 3h
Reasons why you need to see Manon Lescaut
- Puccini’s first great success and his first mature opera revisits the Liceu with an impressive cast.
- The rise and fall of ill-starred Manon Lescaut, in a new coproduction.
- Set in the 18th century, written in the direct, realistic language of verism.