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Manon Lescaut Digital Programme

A digital programme containing specially selected films, articles and exclusives to bring you closer to the production.


    Supported by Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


    Welcome to your Digital Programme

    Music from Manon Lescaut

    Listen to excerpts from a recording of Manon Lescaut, Puccini's first great operatic success.


    'A desperate passion': Puccini and the composition of Manon Lescaut

    Watch: Jonas Kaufmann sings 'Donna non vidi mai'

    Jonas Kaufmann as Des Grieux sings 'Donna non vidi mai' from Act I of Manon Lescaut.

    The Story

    A full synopsis of this production

    Rehearsal Pictures of Manon Lescaut

    The first pictures of the rehearsals for Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House

    Jonathan Kent

    A profile of the acclaimed director of this new production of Manon Lescaut, including a look at his previous work with The Royal Opera.


    Production team, Conductor and principal singers for this Season's performances


    Performances, screenings, timings and Royal Opera staff

    The power of place

    A look at Puccini’s attention to detail in the musical evocation of the settings of his operas. Puccini's operas take audiences to a variety of locations from the exotic and romantic to the foreboding and perilous.

    Performance photographs

    Photographs from Jonathan Kent's new production of Manon Lescaut.

    Puccini's first major success

    Manon Lescaut, the composer's third opera, proved to be Puccini's first major success, despite a turbulent genesis. By Helen Greenwald

    Full Live Cinema cast 24 June 2014

    Watch: Antonio Pappano introduces the music of Manon Lescaut

    Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, introduces the music of Manon Lescaut

    Who was Abbé Prévost?

    The man who created Manon Lescaut was, like his heroine, full of contradictions.