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Manon Lescaut, Puccinis first major success, is a work of impassioned emotions based on the 18th-century novel by Abbé Prévost, depicting the doomed infatuation of Chevalier des Grieux for beautiful, fun-loving Manon. Puccini clothes the story in warmly passionate music that makes a direct appeal to the listeners emotions.
"... humour is threaded through the action - Manons Parisian retinue is a wonderful parade of high camp, and as events spiral towards her arrest the action moves with the deftness of a French farce. It is faultlessly plotted." THE GUARDIAN