Puccini’s Manon Lescaut
Presented by: Singapore Lyric Opera
Date: 31 Aug, 1, 3 & 4 Sep 2012, Fri & Sat, Mon & Tue
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Intermission: 20 min
Venue: Theatre, Esplanade
Language: Italian with English & Chinese subtitles
Ticket Prices: $130, $110, $88, $68, $58, $48, $38, $25
Tickets available from: SISTIC
“Manon is a heroine I believe in and therefore she cannot fail to win the hearts of the public.” ~ Giacomo Puccini
Escorted by her brother Lescaut, Manon is on her way to become a nun in a convent when she meets the Des Grieux, a poor student. They fall in love, and elope to escape the plans of Geronte, the French Treasurer-General, to take her for himself. Their love affair is shortlived, as Des Grieux is unable to satisfy her taste for luxury, and Manon leaves him to become Geronte’s mistress. In her gilded cage, she starts to yearn for Des Grieux, and when Lescaut brings them together again, they resolve to elope once more. But she is unwilling to part with Geronte’s treasures and is caught red-handed when trying to leave with them. Accused of immorality and theft, Manon is sentenced to be exiled to America, and Des Grieux is desperate to rescue her. What would he do?
Manon Lescaut was Puccini’s 1st great operatic success, and laid the foundations for his subsequent masterpieces that include La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot. Come witness the Singapore premiere of this iconic work as SLO celebrates the 88th anniversary of Puccini’s passing.
Will Manon win your hearts as well?
Director – E Loren Meeker
Conductor – Joshua Tan Kang Ming
Manon – Ee-Ping, soprano
Lescaut – Andrew Fernando, baritone
Renato Des Grieux – Lee Jae Wook, tenor
Geronte – William Lim, baritone
Edmondo – Melvin Tan, tenor
Dancing Master & Lamplighter – Lemuel dela Cruz, tenor
Innkeeper & Captain – Martin Ng, baritone /bass
With Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Sung in Italian with English & Chinese surtitles