Manon Lescaut

Opera

Writers: Giacomo Puccini Ruggero Leoncavallo Marco Praga Domenico Oliva Giuseppe Giacosa Luigi Illica

Context

This opera originally premiered at the Teatro Regio, Turin, in 1893. The libretto was pieced together by five different librettists: Ruggero Leoncavallo, Marco Praga, Giuseppe Giacosa, Domenico Oliva, and Luigi Illica; however, no one was credited on the cover of the score as it was such a confused process. Puccini had been discouraged to choose any topic around Abbé Prevost’s novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut because Jules Massenet had already created such a successful opera on the topic. Puccini believed so much in the heroine Manon that he had to write an opera

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