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 and set designer
- Davide Livermore
- Costume designer
- Giusi Giustino
- Lighting designer
- Antonio Jesús Castro
- 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 Bizic||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|
|Naval Captain||Stefano Palatchi|
|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 37m
Second Act 40m
Third Act 20m
Fourth Act 22m
Approximate running time 2h 45m
Information of Interest
Saturday 2 June 2018
7.30pm - Chorus Room
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.