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Manon Lescault

Other operas based on "Les Adventures de Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut" by Abbé Prévost (1733):

Manon - Jules Massenet

Manon Lescaut - Giacomo Puccini

Information about the opera Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini, and the best recordings available on CD or DVD, or for download.

Recommended recordings on CD

Perlea/Albanese/Björling (Naxos Historical 8.111030-31)


A classic performance from Rome in 1954.

Rome Opera House Chorus, Rome Opera House Orchestra, conducted by Jonel Perlea, 1954.

Cast: Licia Albanese (Manon Lescaut), Jussi Björling (Des Grieux), Robert Merrill (Lescaut), Franco Calabrese (Géronte).

Naxos Historical 8.111030-31 (mono)

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Levine/Freni/Pavarotti (Decca 440 200-2)

440 200-2

A lively performance, currently the best of the available recordings.

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, conducted by James Levine, 1992.

Cast: Mirella Freni (Manon Lescaut), Luciano Pavarotti (Des Grieux), Dwayne Croft (Lescaut), Giuseppe Taddei (Géronte).

Decca 440 200-2