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Manon Lescaut

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Puccini’s early opera captures all the youthful ardor of the scandalous story of Manon Lescaut. A gripping Dorothy Kirsten plays the desirable young girl being shipped off to a convent, who falls in love with Des Grieux (the sensational Jussi Björling) and leads him to ruin. When the story was first published in the 18th century it was meant as a warning to young people. But Puccini’s sweeping melodies and lush harmonies are as enticing as the unforgettable performances by Kirsten and Björling. Young, heedless romance at its best.

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Performance Date

Dec 10, 1949


Giacomo Puccini


Domenico Oliva, Giulio Ricordi, Luigi Illica and Marco Praga

Run Time

1 HRS 49 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus