Manon Lescaut educator materials

MUSIC BY GIACOMO PUCCINI

 

The early opera that skyrocketed Puccini to success, Manon Lescaut brings Italian passion to the tale of a young woman’s conflicted search for satisfaction. Too easily seduced by luxury, Manon leaves her true love for a wealthy older man only to realize her childish mistake …but it may be too late.


Synopsis

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

 

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CAST AND CREATIVE

CAST
Manon Lescaut Lianna Haroutounian
Chevalier des Grieux Brian Jagde
Chevalier des Grieux Rafael Davila *1
Lescaut Anthony Clark Evans
Geronte Eric Halfvarson
CREATIVE
Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Director Olivier Tambosi
Production Designer Frank Philipp Schlössmann
Lighting Designer Duane Schuler
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Grey Block

THE BUZZ

“It is emotionally real, crushingly so… I left the opera house shaken.”
The Mercury News

“You could listen to [Lianna Haroutounian] singing Puccini’s music all night long, and marvel at the beauty, precision and power that she packed into every measure of the performance.”
The San Francisco Chronicle

Brian Jagde “has a pliant tone, pinging accuracy, stamina, shading and an astounding ability to make the voice grow throughout a phrase. What a voice… Keep your ears on Jagde.”
The Guardian