OCTOBER 17 AND 19-24, 2015
De Jong Concert Hall
A remarkable portrait of Manon, as she grows from wide-eyed innocence to a guilty womanhood. There are some ambiguities in the character of Lescaut, her brother in the original novel, but now her cousin, combining in himself the character of guardian of the family honour, bragging soldier and loyal friend of des Grieux. In Paris Manon reads back to des Grieux the letter he has written to his father, seeking permission to marry her, On l’appelle Manon. By the end of the second act she is bidding farewell to her relatively humble existence with des Grieux. In a moment of dramatic irony, des Grieux returns to tell her of the country retreat where they will live, As the scene ends, by his abduction. At the Cours-la-Reine Manon is enjoying the luxury that association with de Brétigny has brought her, expressing her satisfaction. In the last act, where he is parted from Manon for ever.