Manon Lescaut

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.

Manon Lescaut

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.

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June 2018

7Thursday20:00Turn BFee 4
8Friday20:00Turn PBFee 4
10Sunday17:00Turn TFee 4
11Monday20:00Turn PCFee 6
13Wednesday20:00Turn HFee 5
14Thursday20:00Turn PEFee 6
16Saturday20:00Turn CFee 4
17Sunday18:00Turn PDFee 4
19Tuesday20:00Turn AFee 4
20Wednesday20:00Turn P (PA)Fee 5
21Thursday20:00Turn DADFee 4
22Friday20:00Turn EFee 4

First act 37m
Pause 7m
Second Act 40m
Interval 30m
Third Act 20m
Pause 5m
Fourth Act 22m

Approximate running time 2h 45m

Programa de mà

Torna al Liceu el gran Gregory Kunde en el paper de Renato Des Grieux. Coneix més a fons un dels tenors més estimats pel públic del Liceu al llarg de la seva entrevista.

Francesca Zardini, a través de les notes del director d´escena Davide Livermore,  ens explica el perquè de traslladar l´escena  a pricipis del segle XX, en ple context d´immigració.

Compra ara

Information of Interest



Saturday 2 June 2018
7.30pm - Chorus Room
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Reasons why you need to see Manon Lescaut

  1. Puccini’s first great success and his first mature opera revisits the Liceu with an impressive cast.
  2. The rise and fall of ill-starred Manon Lescaut, in a new coproduction.
  3. Set in the 18th century, written in the direct, realistic language of verism.