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Upon its release in 1731, Abbe Prevost's controversial novel Manon Lescaut was banned in France for its scandalous details of the fictional love affair between its titular character and the dashing Chevalier des Grieux. But it's thrilling drama made it the perfect basis for many an adaptation, including Puccini's ravishing operatic work. Allow yourself to be swept up in the great composer's maelstrom of passion and emotion during Dallas Opera's latest production of the classic as part of its brand new 2018/19 season.
The opera follows the rise and tragic downfall of Parisienne 'it' girl Manon Lescaut and her soul mate des Grieux. When des Grieux ignites the flames of lust and love in her heart, she escapes a future spent in a nunnery when the couple elopes to the city. Unfortunately Manon's expensive tastes mean destitution and she leaves des Grieux to become a courtesan. After some time passes, des Grieux re-enters her life with fatal consequences for them both...
Opening night: 1 March 2019
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
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