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Manon Lescaut

Spring 2024


Spring 2024

Manon Lescaut is a devastating depiction of a woman wrestling with her desire for love on her own terms, and the rigid double standards imposed on her by society. The opera was a breakthrough hit for its composer, Giacomo Puccini, and is packed with memorable music and heartbreaking drama.

Jude Christian, fresh from a critically acclaimed Titus Andronicus at London’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, brings incisive direction and a sharp, poetic new translation to her radical new production, while ETO Music Director Gerry Cornelius conducts.

  • Their sound and virtuosity did the composer proud


  • The orchestra under Gerry Cornelius caught the way Puccini's immortal score flips on a sixpence from tenderness to uproarious energy

    The Telegraph

  • Jenny Stafford sings gleamingly as Manon and Gareth Dafydd Morris brings a burnished tenor to Des Grieux

    The Guardian