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.
In her role debut, Washington favorite Patricia Racette returns to the Opera House stage as Manon Lescaut. This WNO revival of John Pascoe's "impassioned, sensual production" (Baltimore Sun) is conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin.
"[Racette] exceeds expectations with a rare blend of radiant singing and emotional truth."
Manon Lescaut: Patricia Racette
Lescaut: Giorgio Caoduro
Chevalier des Grieux: Kamen Chanev
Geronte de Ravoir: Jake Gardner
Conductor: Philippe Auguin
Director, Set Designer, Costume Designer: John Pascoe
Lighting Designer: Ruth Hutson
Choreographer: Diane Coburn Bruning
Opera Insight: Free preview of Puccini's Manon Lescaut and Bellini's Norma on the Millennium Stage featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program on Tue., Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.
O-Zone Lecture: Free pre-performance lecture in the Opera House - Thu., Mar. 14 at 6:15 p.m. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.
Artist Q&A follows the performance on: Sun., Mar. 17. Artist Q&As are free, but patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of the production that is being discussed.
Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.
Performance Timing: Acts I - 34 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 36 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Acts III & IV - 40 min. (2-1/2 hours)
Watch and Listen
WNO Commentary: Manon Lescaut 1 of 8: Act One - In Amiens: A care-free evening on the square (audio only)
WNO Commentary: Manon Lescaut 2 of 8: Act One - In Amiens: Love at first sight (audio only)
WNO Commentary: Manon Lescaut 3 of 8: Act One - In Amiens: The foiled abduction (audio only)
WNO Commentary: Manon Lescaut 4 of 8: Intermission: The missing act (audio only)
WNO Commentary: Manon Lescaut 5 of 8: Act Two - In Paris: A kept woman (audio only)
WNO Commentary: Manon Lescaut 6 of 8: Act Two - In Paris: Manon Lescaut and Des Grieux (audio only)
WNO Commentary: Manon Lescaut 7 of 8: Act Three - At Le Havre: A square near the harbor (audio only)
WNO Commentary: Manon Lescaut 8 of 8: Act Four - By New Orleans: Love and death in America (audio only)
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of WNO.
Generous support for WNO Italian opera is provided by
Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
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