Manon Lescaut

by Giacomo Puccini

You can’t take it with you.

The irresistible lure of money seduces the beautiful Manon, triggering her downfall. But true love is her redemption in this soulful opera by the composer of La bohèmeMadame Butterfly and Turandot. Kelly Kaduce stars as Puccini’s intensely romantic heroine.

Run time is approximately 2 hours and 38 minutes, including two intermissions.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

  • Digital Program

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  • Synopsis

    Students enjoy the summer evening in the town square. One of them, Edmondo, sings a madrigal of youthful pleasure, hoping to attract the young village 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.

  • Composer Biography

    With the popularity of Manon Lescaut, Puccini was now generally considered by the Italian art circle to be Verdi’s successor (even by the great composer himself)…

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