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07 November 2018 (Wed), 19:00 World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Marvellous Main (Historic) Stage - Opera Giacomo Puccini "Manon Lescaut" Opera in four acts

Running time: 3 hours (till 22:00)

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for Giacomo Puccini "Manon Lescaut" Opera in four acts 2018/2019

Tenor: Marat Gali (Galiakhmetov)
Bass: Valery Gilmanov
Baritone: Elchin Azizov
Bass: Otar Kunchulia
Tenor: Yusif Eyvazov
Conductor: Anton Grishanin
Soprano: Anna Nechaeva
Mezzo-soprano: Julia Mazurova
Bass: Vladimir Komovich
Tenor: Giorgi Sturua
Bass: Igor Korostylev
Tenor: Behzod Davronov

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Choirmaster producer: Valery Borisov
Light Designer: Damir Ismagilov
Choreography: Tatiyana Baganova

Opera company: Bolshoi Opera
Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Opera in 4 act

Performed in Italian with synchronised Russian supertitles

Premiere of this production: 16 October 2016, Bolshoi theatre, Moscow, Russia

Libretto by Domenico Oliva, Marco Praga, Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica, Ruggero Leoncavallo, and Giulio Ricordi based on the novel Líhistoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by Abbé Prévost†

Music Director: Jader Bignamini†
Director: Adolf Shapiro†
Designer: Maria Tregubova†
Lighting Designer: Damir Ismagilov†
Chief Chorus Master:†Valery Borisov


Act I

A public square in Amiens

Students enjoy the summer evening in the town square. One of them, Edmondo, sings a madrigal of youthful pleasure, hoping to attract the young village women. They ask a brooding Des Grieux to join them, and to prove he is not cynical about love, he gallantly flirts with a group of girls with mock courtesy. As they all celebrate in the street, a carriage arrives at the inn carrying Geronte, Lescaut and his sister Manon. Des Grieux is struck by Manonís beauty and shyly approaches her. She is called inside by her brother, but has been won over by Des Grieuxís words, and they make plans to meet later.

Geronte discusses Manonís future with Lescaut. The family wants her to take the veil, but Lescaut has other ideas for her future, namely a match with the older Geronte (along with whatever benefits he may glean from the rich treasury official). The two men agree to meet for dinner, and Lescaut then joins a card game with the students. Edmondo overhears Geronte making plans to take Manon to Paris. He tells Des Grieux and agrees to help prevent this from happening.

Manon and Des Grieux meet as agreed and express their mutual attraction. He warns of Geronteís plan to abduct her, so they run away together. Geronte is affronted, but Lescaut advises him to be patient, for he knows his sisterís expensive tastes will soon exhaust a studentís income.

Act II

An elegant room in Geronteís house in Paris

As Lescaut predicted, Manon is now Geronteís mistress and prepares for the day, aided by a hairdresser. When Lescaut arrives, she asks about Des Grieux, recalling their once-passionate affair. When speaking to Des Grieux, Lescaut has been vague about Manonís whereabouts, but encouraged him to become a gambler so that he may acquire enough wealth to keep her in the style she requires.

Geronte has arranged a reception with musicians, who sing a song in Manonís honor. A dancing master teaches the minuet, but in spite of all the finery, Manon is bored with her new life. Realizing that she is unhappy, Lescaut privately decides to fetch Des Grieux. The guests depart for a stroll down the esplanade, and Manon promises to join them later.

Des Grieux appears at the door. He berates her lack of fidelity, but in begging forgiveness, she softens his resolve. Geronte returns and is thunderstruck to find them in each otherís arms. Manon counters his deriding remarks by holding a mirror to his face, reminding him of his advanced age. Threatening revenge, he leaves the couple alone.

Lescaut soon enters, breathless. Geronte has summoned the authorities, denouncing Manonís lack of morality. Before fleeing with Des Grieux, she gathers her expensive jewelry, but that delay proves costly Ė the guards arrive and arrest her for thievery.


A square near the harbor in Le Havre

Manon is being held in the barracks, awaiting deportation to America with a group of prostitutes. Lescaut has bribed one of her jailors, and he and Lescaut wait for the changing of the guard to effect her escape. She is made aware of the plan while sharing a brief moment with Des Grieux. A shot betrays their scheme. Manon and the other prisoners are then led one-by-one to a ship while the onlooking townspeople make wicked comments as each one passes by. Des Grieux begs the captain to be hired as a deckhand, and he agrees to take the infatuated young man on the voyage to the New World.

Act IV

A wilderness on the edges of the Louisiana Territory

After troubles with the colonial governor, the two lovers are forced to make an escape. Manon is destitute and very weak. She sends Des Grieux ahead to look for water and shelter. When he returns it is too late. She dies believing that time will cleanse her of any sin, and he is left with nothing but memories of their too brief time together.

Schedule for Giacomo Puccini "Manon Lescaut" Opera in four acts 2018/2019

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