Manon Lescaut

25th, 28th and 30th July at 19:00 • Matinée 27th July at 14:00

The Coade Hall, Bryanston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9LH

An opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini • Libretto by Luigi Illica, Marco Praga and Domenico Oliva, based on the 1731 novel Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux, et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost • Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Brief Synopsis

Young Manon Lescaut is being taken by her brother to live in a convent when they chance upon the chevalier Des Grieux who is studying in Paris. Des Grieux is overwhelmed by Manon’s beauty and falls madly in love at first sight. Learning that Manon is headed to a convent, Des Grieux risks everything and convinces her to run away with him… Things do not go well.

Cast & Creative Team

Edmondo Alberto Sousa
Lescaut Gyula Nagy
Manon Lescaut Anna Patalong
Des Grieux Todd Wilander
Geronte di Ravoir Eddie Wade
Innkeeper Ben Gautier
Madrigal Singer Amber Reeves-Pigott
Dance master Alberto Sousa
Lamp lighter Alberto Sousa
Sergeant at Arms Tim Bagley
Naval Captain Harry Fradley
Hairdresser Molly Adams
Abbé Prévost (actor) Christopher Cowell 25-27 July
Abbé Prévost (actor) Anthony Kent 28-30 July
Des Grieux double (actor) Eduardo Nuñez
Manon double (actor) Lydia Mee
Conductor José Miguel Esandi
Director Christopher Cowell
Assistant Bence Kalo
Designer Bridget Kimak
Costume designer Stewart J Charlesworth
Lighting designer James Smith
Chorus Master Nicolas Mansfield
Orchestra Leader David Spencer