In their time, his friends had tried to dissuade Giacomo Puccini from idea to write an opera about the tragedy of wayward beauty Manon Lescaut as the story of Abbé Prévost had have already inspired an opera by composer Julles Massenet. However, Puccini dismissed all objections.Manon is a heroine I believe in and therefore she cannot fail to win the hearts of the public. Why shouldn’t there be two operas about Manon? A woman like Manon can have more than one lover. He added, Massenet feels it as a Frenchman, with powder and minuets. I shall feel it as an Italian, with a desperate passion. Manon Lescaut was his third opera and his first striking success. In the production of LNO, this ancient story comes alive in the present day Rome.
Manon Lescaut : Asmik Grigorian, Yulianna Bawarska
Lescaut : Jānis Apeinis, Rihards Mačanovskis
Chevalier des Grieux : Murat Karahan
Conductor: Martins Ozolins