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Massenet also wrote a one-act sequel to Manon , Le portrait de Manon , involving the Chevalier des Grieux as an older man. Manon is Massenet's most popular and enduring opera and, having "quickly conquered the world's stages",  it has maintained an important place in the repertory since its creation.
In an opera by Giacomo Puccini entitled Manon Lescaut , and based on the same novel was premiered and has also become popular. Due to its heavy vocal demands, the role of Manon was described by Sills as "the French Isolde ".
Today, Manon is frequently performed. The ballet L'histoire de Manon by Kenneth MacMillan , although using music entirely written by Massenet, does not include any from Manon. While the innkeeper is serving dinner to the party, the townspeople collect to witness the arrival of the coach from Arras. Among them is Lescaut, a guardsman, who tells his comrades that he plans to meet a kinswoman. Manon is accosted by the opportunistic Guillot, who tells her that he has a carriage waiting, in which they can leave together.
His heavy-handed seduction is undermined by the return of Lescaut, who then lectures the young woman " Regardez-moi bien dans les yeux " on proper behavior. He leaves her unattended once more and she admires the three fashionably-dressed actresses, but reproaches herself " Voyons, Manon " , unconvincingly vowing to rid herself of all worldly visions. Des Grieux, traveling home to see his father, catches sight of Manon, and instantly falls in love. When he approaches, she is charmed by his chivalrous address " Et je sais votre nom " , and their exchange rapidly becomes a mutual avowal of love.
Making good use of the carriage provided by the disappointed Guillot, the lovers escape. With little hope, des Grieux writes to his father, imploring permission to marry Manon. But his concern for offended family honor is only camouflage for his alliance with his friend. Trying to prove his honorable intentions, des Grieux shows Lescaut the letter to his father. Unaware of her change of heart, des Grieux returns and conveys his more modest vision of their future happiness " En fermant les yeux ", the "Dream Song".
Going outside to investigate an apparent disturbance, he is seized and hustled away, leaving Manon to voice her regrets. Scene 1: Paris, the promenade of the Cours-la-Reine on a feast-day. Approaching the Comte, Manon tries to discover whether his son still loves her.
However Manon is seized by the desire to see des Grieux once more, and admits, to Guillot's annoyance when asked, that she paid no attention to the dancers. She hurries off to Saint-Sulpice. Des Grieux enters, in clerical garb, and his father adds his voice to the chorus of praise, but tries to dissuade his son from this new life, so that he can perpetuate the family name " Epouse quelque brave fille ".
He leaves, having failed to shake his son's resolve and, alone, des Grieux relives memories of Manon " Ah! Fuyez, douce image ". As he prays, Manon herself appears, to implore his forgiveness for her faithlessness. Furiously, he attempts to reject her, but when in " N'est-ce plus ma main? Lescaut and Guillot are among the gamblers, and the three young actresses are prepared to attach themselves to any winner. Manon arrives with des Grieux who declares his total love: " Manon!
He is persuaded to gamble, in hopes of gaining the wealth she craves. He plays at cards with Guillot and continually wins, as Guillot doubles and redoubles the wager. As Manon exults, Guillot accuses des Grieux of cheating. Des Grieux denies the charge and Guillot leaves, returning shortly with the police, to whom he denounces des Grieux as a cheat and Manon as dissolute.
The elder des Grieux enters, and tells his son that, while he will intercede on his behalf, he will do nothing to save Manon. In a big ensemble, with Guillot exulting over his revenge, Manon lamenting the end of all joy, des Grieux swearing to defend her, and the rest expressing consternation and horror, the arrested pair are led away.
Convicted as a woman of ill-fame, Manon has been condemned to be deported. Des Grieux, freed by his father's intervention, and a penitent Lescaut, now his ally, wait to waylay the convoy in which Manon is being marched to the port. A detachment of soldiers arrives with their prisoners.
The would-be rescuers recognize the hopelessness of attacking so strong an escort, but Lescaut succeeds in bribing their sergeant to allow Manon to stay behind till evening. The convoy moves on, and a sick and exhausted Manon falls to the ground at des Grieux's feet.
In his arms, near delirium, she relives their former happiness. Des Grieux tells her the past can exist again but Manon, now calm, knows that it is too late. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the opera by Massenet. For other uses, see Manon disambiguation. Geraldine Farrar in the title role. Henri Meilhac Philippe Gille. On l'appelle Manon. From act 2, performed by Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar in Recorded in by Aristodemo Giorgini for Edison Records.
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Massenet also wrote a one-act sequel to Manon , Le portrait de Manon , involving the Chevalier des Grieux as an older man. Manon is Massenet's most popular and enduring opera and, having "quickly conquered the world's stages",  it has maintained an important place in the repertory since its creation. In an opera by Giacomo Puccini entitled Manon Lescaut , and based on the same novel was premiered and has also become popular. Due to its heavy vocal demands, the role of Manon was described by Sills as "the French Isolde ". Today, Manon is frequently performed. The ballet L'histoire de Manon by Kenneth MacMillan , although using music entirely written by Massenet, does not include any from Manon. While the innkeeper is serving dinner to the party, the townspeople collect to witness the arrival of the coach from Arras.
Music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — La Gioconda , dramma lirico in four acts. Music composed by Amilcare Ponchielli — Don Carlo , an opera in four acts. Music composed by Giuseppe Verdi — Un ballo in maschera , a melodramma in three acts.
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In the courtyard of an inn at Amiens the coach from Arras arrives, bringing the fifteen-year-old Manon, to be met by her cousin, on her way to a convent, where her father is sending her. She is reproached by her cousin, but dazzled by the apparent luxury in which others seem to live. Des Grieux, who is travelling to see his father, catches sight of Manon and falls in love with her and the two take Guillot's coach and escape together to Paris. In the Cours-la-Reine in Paris the three actresses have escaped, for a moment, the vigiliance of Guillot.