Overview


Synopsis

Manon is a tale of love, greed, and betrayal. Manon is a young girl who is being sent to a convent by her family. She runs into Des Grieux, who falls instantly in love with her, and the two decide to elope and run away to Paris. They live happily for some time, until Manon is persuaded to leave Des Grieux for the promise of luxury and riches with De Brétigny. Some time later, Des Grieux is so devastated that he has decided to enter into the priesthood. Manon hears of this and rushes to convince him of their love. The two are reunited, until they gamble away their fortune and are both arrested for cheating in a game. While Des Grieux is released, Manon is sentenced to long years in prison and deportation to America. Des Grieux seeks her out to rescue her, but arrives too late. Manon dies in his arms.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Soprano

Male

Supporting

Baritone



Show Information

Category
Opera
Number of Acts:
5 Acts
First Produced:
1884
Genres
Drama, Romance
Settings
Multiple Settings, Simple/No Set, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
end of the 19th century, france
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
None
Ideal For
professional, regional, university
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, child, early teen, late teen characters

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