Manon Lescaut is an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini. The story is based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost.
Puccini’s publisher, Ricordi, had been against any project based on Prévost’s story, because Massenet had already made it into a successful opera, Manon, in 1884. While Puccini and Ricordi may not have known it, the French composer, Daniel Auber, had also already written an opera on the same subject with the title, Manon Lescaut, in 1856.
The first performance of Manon Lescaut took place in the Teatro Regio in Turin in 1893. Manon Lescaut was Puccini’s third opera and his first great success.

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    Bjorling, Jussi as Des Grieux
    Swedish tenor (1911-1960)
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    Caniglia, Maria as Manon Lescaut
    Italian soprnano (1905-1979)
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    Gigli, Beniamino as Des Grieux
    Italian tenor (1890-1957)
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    Kirsten, Dorothy as Manon Lescaut
    American soprano (1910-1992)
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    Labia, Maria as Manon Lescaut
    Italian soprano (1880-1953)
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    Landouzy, Lise as Manon Lescaut
    French soprano (1861-1943)
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    Barbato, Elisabetta as Manon Lescaut
    Italian soprano (1921)
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    Favero, Mafalda as Manon Lescaut
    Italian soprano (1903-1981)
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