Manon Lescaut

MUSIC BY GIACOMO PUCCINI

 

She gave up true love for luxury. Now she wants it back.

 

Relive the unmatched feeling of dawning love in the opera that skyrocketed Puccini to success. Don’t miss Nicola Luisotti’s return to conduct fan favorites Lianna Haroutounian and Brian Jagde in this luxurious production.

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Sung in Italian with English supertitles


 

SEE A PERFORMANCE

Due to high demand, limited inventory remains for Sun 11/24. For best availability, select Wed 11/13, or Wed 11/20.
RUNNING TIME

Approximately 2 hours, 53 minutes including two intermissions

Act I  36 minutes
Intermission 25 minutes
Act II  40 minutes
Intermission 20 minutes
Act III  22 minutes
Pause 5 minutes
Act IV  20 minutes

WHO SHOULD SEE IT

Fans of the glitz and glam in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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Curious about the Opera?

Pre-Opera Talks

Perfect for newcomers, opera aficionados or anyone in between, our pre-opera talks provide an engaging 25-minute overview of the opera. Free to ticketholders, 55 minutes prior to curtain in the Orchestra section. Speaker: Marcia Green.

Opera Previews

Explore Manon Lescaut in a 90-minute presentation by Roger Pines. Events held thorughout the Bay Area October 21-23 and cost varies by location. Learn more.

Open Curtain

Have you always wanted to see the inner workings of our stage? At select performances, our curtain is open during intermission and we narrate the live changeover. Dates: Wednesday, November 13 and Sunday, November 24 .

The biggest highlight…was soprano Lianna Haroutounian, riveting as Manon Lescaut

– San Francisco Examiner

[Brian Jagde’s performance was] vigorous and thrillingly fearless at the role’s climactic junctures

–San Francisco Chronicle

Each time [Lianna] Haroutounian comes to town…she unveils a performance of such grace and dramatic fervor.

–San Francisco Chronicle

Nicola Luisotti conducts with passion, great reception in return to podium

–San Francisco Examiner

His voice resonating with ringing intensity and virile beauty, Jagde was ardent and dashing as the student from Amiens

–San Francisco Examiner

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Synopsis

A young beauty forsakes true love for material luxury only to become ensnared by a desire to have both.

 

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Manon Lescaut

PROGRAM ARTICLES

The Many Faces and Voices of Manon

Manon Lescaut was Puccini’s first great hit, and, astonishingly, his only unequivocal triumph at its premiere. Read more.

Love Actually: Puccini's First Triumph and the Future of talian Opera

Lying just outside the center of the repertory (a core dominated by Giacomo Puccini’s subsequent three operas, La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly), Manon Lescaut stakes its greatness on two foundations: its role in Puccini’s personal history, and its own unique treasures. Read more.

 

CAST AND CREATIVE

CAST
Manon Lescaut Lianna Haroutounian
Chevalier des Grieux Brian Jagde
Chevalier des Grieux Rafael Davila *1
Lescaut Anthony Clark Evans
Geronte Philip Skinner
Edmondo Christopher Oglesby
Singer Ashley Dixon
Dancing Master/Lamplighter Zhengyi Bai
Innkeeper/Naval Captain SeokJong Baek
Sergeant of Archers Christian Pursell
Madrigal Singer Angela Eden Moser
Madrigal Singer Jesslyn Thomas
Madrigal Singer Laurel Cameron Porter
Madrigal Singer Sally Mouzon

PERFORMANCES

Nov 8, 13, 16, 20, 24, 26

CREATIVE
Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Director Olivier Tambosi
Production Designer Frank Philipp Schlössmann
Lighting Designer Duane Schuler
Fight Director Dave Maier
Choreographer Lawrence Pech
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera debut

1  Nov 26

Lyric Opera of Chicago production.

 

Previous performances of Manon Lescaut can be found in our Archive.

MADE POSSIBLE BY

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; the Edmund W. and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Fund; Bernard and Barbro Osher; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; and Joan and David Traitel.

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