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Kenneth MacMillan's best-known work follows the story of Manon, whose love for wealth leads to an unhappy life. Read More >

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Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg
Kenneth MacMillan’s best-known work sets a version of Abbé Prévost’s Manon Lescaut to the music of Jules Massenet.

Though she is attracted by the love of student Des Grieux, Manon cannot resist the lure of Monsier GM’s wealth. But when she incurs the wrath of Monsier GM, Manon is sent to New Orleans to begin a new life as a prostitue, where she is humiliated further by the lecherous Gaoler. Saved by Des Grieux, in delirium she relives the folly of her life before her life slips away in the arms of her lover.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 04/11/2005

Closing Night: 26/11/2005

Running time: 2h40

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Cast & Creative


Director - Kenneth MacMillan

Producer - The Royal Opera

Designer - Nicholas Georgiadis

Choreographer - Kenneth MacMillan

Conductor - Graham Bond/Martin Yates

Lighting Designer - John B Read

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