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13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19 June 2008
Giacomo Puccini
Manon Lescaut

Conductor Giampaolo Bisanti
Director Pierfrancesco Maestrini
Scene Designs Fiorella Mariani
Costume Designs David Walker
Lighting Bruno Ciulli
Teatro Massimo Orchestra and Chorus

Production by the Teatro Massimo

Manon Lescaut Adina Nitescu June 13, 15, 17 and 19
Rachele Stanisci June 14 and 18
Il cavaliere Des Grieux Fabio Armiliato June 13, 15, 17 and 19
Francesco Anile June 14 and 18
Lescaut Dalibor Jenis June 13, 15, 17 and 19
Vincenzo Taormina June 14 and 18
Edmondo Saverio Fiore
Geronte Danilo Rigosa
L'oste Giovanni Bellavia
Un musico Luisa Francesconi
Maestro di ballo Stefano Consolini
Un comandante di marina Gianfranco Barcia June 13, 15, 17 and 19
Antonio Barbagallo June 14 and 18
Un sergente degli arcieri Antonio Barbagallo June 13, 15, 17 and 19
Daniele Bonomolo June 14 and 18
Un lampionaio Antonio Livigni June 13, 15, 17 and 19
Nunzio Gallì June 14 and 18

Friday 13 June 2008 Turno Prime at 8.30 pm
Saturday 14 June 2008 Turn F at 8.30 pm
Sunday 15 June 2008 Turn D h 17.30
Tuesday 17 June 2008 Turn B at 6.30 pm
Wednesday 18 June 2008 Turn S2 at 6.30 pm
Thursday 19 June 2008 Turn C at 6.30 pm

Running time
Three hours. The opera is in four acts



Act I
Amiens, France, around 1720. Edmondo, his fellow students and their girlfriends are enjoying the summer evening on a public square. They welcome the young chevalier Des Grieux, who sings a jaunty serenade to the girls. Soon the courtyard stirs with the arrival of a carriage bearing Manon and her brother, Lescaut, who is escorting his sister to a convent at their father’s orders. Sharing the coach with them is Geronte, an old and wealthy Parisian gallant. While the innkeeper shows Lescaut and Geronte to their rooms, Des Grieux introduces himself to Manon. She is intrigued by him and agrees to meet him later, then joins her brother. The Chevalier realizes he has fallen in love. Geronte, who also has designs on Manon, bribes the innkeeper to arrange for Manon’s abduction. Edmondo, who has overheard the conversation, warns Des Grieux. As evening falls, Manon keeps her promise and meets Des Grieux, who persuades her to evade both the convent and her elderly admirer by running off to Paris with him instead. Geronte returns to find the young lovers escaping in the carriage he hired for himself and Manon; furious, he is calmed by Lescaut, who assures him a girl like Manon who loves luxury will be easy to lure away from a poor student.

Act II
Manon has left Des Grieux and is living in a sumptuous Paris apartment as Geronte’s mistress. When Lescaut arrives to congratulate her on her success, she sadly replies that luxury cannot make up for the loss of Des Grieux. The arrival of a group of musicians who sing a madrigal in her honor does not change her mood, but Manon’s vanity is aroused when Geronte appears with some of his friends to pay tribute to her beauty. The men watch her dancing lesson, while she sings a love song to the strains of a minuet. Lescaut goes off to find Des Grieux. After the guests have left, the Chevalier confronts Manon. He first reproaches her as faithless, but soon gives in to her beauty and insistent declarations of true love. Geronte returns to find them in each other’s arms. When Manon holds up a mirror to mock his age, he leaves, threatening revenge. Lescaut bursts in to warn the lovers that the city guards are on their way, but Manon, in spite of Des Grieux’s repreoach, insists on gathering her jewels first. The delay proves disastrous: led in by Geronte, gendarmes arrest Manon for theft and drag her off to prison.

On a street by the harbor of Le Havre, Des Grieux and Lescaut wait for dawn, hoping to rescue Manon from deportation to America. When she appears at the bars of her prison, the lovers once again exchange vows and words of hope. The sound of a shot indicates that Lescaut’s plot has been discovered. A band of soldiers lead in the women prisoners, who are each called by name to board the ship, while a curious crowd gathers to comment on their appearance. Des Grieux desperately begs the Captain to let him accompany Manon to the New World. Moved, the Captain agrees. act iv Wandering in a wasteland where she and Des Grieux have fled after landing at New Orleans, the ailing Manon is at the end of her strength and cannot go any farther. When Des Grieux goes off in search of help, she is overcome by terror and despair. Des Grieux returns, but Manon dies in his arms.



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