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Puccini
Manon Lescaut

This was the opera that first brought Puccini fame—and in this passionate performance, starring Raina Kabaivanska in the title role opposite Richard Tucker as des Grieux, it’s easy to see why. The two characters’ tumultuous relationship sends off musical sparks, as both of their lives are invariably altered by the experience. After a chance meeting, Manon and des Grieux’s idyllic life in poverty is short-lived as she begins to crave the luxury offered by other suitors. In the end, she dies a destitute woman, with the faithful des Grieux by her side—even though his unwavering love for her has ruined his life as well.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Mar 12, 1966
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
Librettist
Domenico Oliva, Giulio Ricordi, Luigi Illica and Marco Praga
Run Time
1 HRS 59 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Kurt Adler
Manon
Raina Kabaivanska
Des Grieux
Richard Tucker
Lescaut
William Walker
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