Testimonials
For Expert Advice Call:
01722 445900

Read our Reviews

Our clients come from all over the world

Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut – Puccini’s first major success

The scene is set in a bustling square near to the Paris gate, a large square full of merchants, students and of course, girls, Edmondo and his student friends stroll through the square watching the card players and drinkers with the careless attitude of youth.

Another student, des Grieux, arrives bemoaning the lack of love in his life and they all tease him so he moves away from them all. The square is cleared for the arrival of a carriage and all pause to watch the descent of the passengers.

Lescaut descends first, then the elderly Geronte di Ravoir who then helps the very pretty Manon descend. All the students admire her and des Grieux falls immediately in love with her. As the passengers go into the inn, Manon’s brother tells her to sit, whilst he goes in first; des Grieux seizes his chance and approaches her to declare his love, only to hear the news that her brother is taking her to join a convent. He says that he loves her and will help her escape.

Lescaut and Geronte are meanwhile talking, with Geronte saying that the girl would be wasted in the convent and Lescaut thinks hard about the rich Geronte’s words. Des Grieux’s friend overhears them and warns him so he goes to bribe the innkeeper to help with Manon’s escape.

When their escape is discovered Geronte urges Lescaut to do something but, cynically, he states that she will be back – she is not used to living on a budget!

She does return and lives with Geronte who spoils her rotten but she quickly becomes bored with the old man and his way of life, and speaks to her brother about it – he decides to arrange for des Grieux to visit her but Geronte sees them together and reminds Manon of all the pretty things and jewels that he has brought for her – is she willing to give them up? Manon says that you cannot buy love. He turns and leaves the room to call for the guards. Lescaut says they must leave the house immediately, so Manon grabs her jewels and tries to make off but the guard are too quick for her and she is arrested, dropping all the jewels at Geronte’s feet. Her amore is not allowed to follow.

Held in prison, Manon is due to be deported to America; her brother and des Grieux have tried everything they can to get her released, but now they try brute force and attempt to snatch her as she is loaded on to the ship. When this fails, des Grieux begs the captain of the ship to take him on as crew and he sails with her to America.

They escape once there, but have to cross a desert in order to reach an English settlement where they hope to take refuge. Manon, weak from the voyage sinks to her knees, des Grieux leaves her to desperately search for water but he finds none, on his return she dies in his arms. He is desperately upset and collapses across her body.

Please check the destinations to see when and where this particular opera is on this year

Make an Enquiry

Call 01722 445900 to make an enquiry

or Fill in the Form Below

You have Signed up to receive newsletters with ideas and tips for special occasion trips from our travel websites. This e-newsletter comes out twice a month and we guarantee your information will not be shared with others. If at any stage you would like to cancel this then please e-mail info@weekendalacarte.co.uk informing us and we will remove your details from our database.

We guarantee your information will not be shared
with others. If at any stage you would like to cancel this then please e-mail info@weekendalacarte.co.uk informing us and we will remove your details from our database.