Manon Lescaut

Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Starts at: 19:30
Soprano: Asmik Grigorian (Manon Lescaut)
Baritone: Domen Križaj (Lescaut)
Tenor: Joshua Guerrero (Chevalier Renato des Grieux)
Conductor: Modestas Pitrènas
Orchestra: Oper Frankfurt and Museum Orchestra
Chorus: Oper Frankfurt Chorus
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Director: Àlex Ollé
Sets: Alfons Flores
Librettist: Domenico Oliva
Librettist: Giulio Ricordi
Librettist: Giuseppe Giacosa
Lighting Designer: Joachim Klein
Costume designer: Lluc Castells
Librettist: Luigi Illica
Librettist: Marco Praga
Librettist: Ruggero Leoncavallo

Manon Lescaut wants to leave her miserable life behind but her attempt to escape, after dramatic twists and turns, ends nowhere: only the penniless student Des Grieux, whose love she betrayed, stands by her – until the bitter end …

Director Àlex Ollé transposes the events in an 18th century novel firmly into the present day, with the central figures‘ emotions to the fore in a visually powerful production with ends in the abstract. This is in keeping with Puccini's intentions, who sought to portray passion in its most violent, ultimately destructive form. His third opera’s powerful music cemented Puccini’s worldwide renown, establishing him as the last representative of a school of Italian composers who put singing first. It still grabs us today – who couldn’t be moved by the shattering climax of act 4?

Premiere of this production: 01 February 1893, Teatro Regio, Turin

Manon Lescaut is an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini, composed between 1890 and 1893. The story is based on the 1731 novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. In 1884 an opera by Jules Massenet entitled Manon, and based on the same novel, was premiered and has also become popular.

Venue Info

Oper Frankfurt - Frankfurt am Main
Location   Untermainanlage 11

The Oper Frankfurt (Frankfurt Opera) is one of the leading opera companies in Europe, and voted best "Opera house of the year" several times since 1996.

Opera in Frankfurt am Main has a long tradition, with many world premieres such as Franz Schreker's Der ferne Klang in 1912, Fennimore und Gerda by Frederick Delius in 1919, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in 1937. Frankfurt's international recognition began in the Gielen Era, 1977 to 1987, when Michael Gielen and stage directors such as Ruth Berghaus collaborated.

A historic opera house from 1880 was destroyed in World War II, and reconstructed as a concert hall, Alte Oper. The present opera house, built in 1963, is under one roof with the stage for drama. The opera orchestra is called Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester. Today's venue for Baroque and contemporary opera is the Bockenheimer Depot, a former tram depot.

Oper Frankfurt is part of the Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt.

Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Starts at: 19:30