Giacomo Puccini’s third opera, with libretto by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa and Marco Praga, based on L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon. Libretto Manon Lescaut. [primo interprete, sesso]. Manon. Lescaut [ ♀ ]. soprano [ Cesira Ferrani, ♀ ]. Lescaut. sergente delle guardie del re [ ♂ ]. baritono. (Lescaut): In quelle trine morbide (Manon): Madrigale (mezzo-soprano, chorus): L’ora, o Tirsi, è vaga e bella (Manon): Ah! Manon, mi tradisce (des Grieux).

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He tries to seize her but is pushed away by the sergeant.

But by winning money he may discover the way that leads lecsaut you! Musicians hired by Geronte enter to amuse her Madrigal: No — She falls.

Ah, come, give me back the past, the fleeting hours, your passionate caresses! Messa di Gloria Soon the archer I have bribed will mount guard over there.


A brunette with a brazen air crosses. All was in vain. Ah, is it you weeping and imploring?

Manon Lescaut – Manon Lescaut

What a fine couple! MEN She rouses compassion!

Ninon si copre il volto con le mani. La finestra si apre e appare Manon. How I love her! This sparkling emerald — to Des Grieux But yes! Chieggo breve riposo — un solo istante. Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde — Among you beauties, dark and fair ; Edmondo, chorus: The more pragmatic Lescaut advises him that the pair will soon run out of money, and then Manon will be his.

Manon Lescaut, SC 64 (Puccini, Giacomo)

The hairdresser carries out her orders and then removes the dressing-gown. The Opera Elscaut Companion. For, while I live, no one shall snatch her away from me!

Cortese damigella — Gentle ladyonly to learn she is destined for a convent at the will of her father. Other elements of Manon Lescaut come from his compositions for strings: There I saw your destiny!


Fra le tue braccia, amore. Off the square is an Avenue on one side and an Inn on the other, with a balcony.

Manon Lescaut libretto (Italian/English) – opera by Giacomo Puccini

Des Grieux watches, motionless. Des Grieux parte indispettito.

Asil di pace ora la tomba invoco. Terra di pace mi sembrava questa! Si allontana dal viottolo.

Manon Lescaut libretto (English) – opera by Giacomo Puccini

In your arms clasp Manon who loves you! Io vi scongiuro — a tempo! I have more sense than might appear. They may not be public domain elsewhere. The students make him sit down, and fill his glass.