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Manon is a French opera in five acts by Jules Massenet, first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, on March 19, 1884, libretto by Henri Meilhac et Philippe Gile, after the Abbé Antoine-François Prévost's L'histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut. An immediate success, it has remained one of the most popular of French operas.

Principal roles and voice types[change | change source]

  • Manon - soprano
  • Chevalier des Grieux - tenor
  • Lescaut - baritone
  • Comte des Grieux - bass
  • Guillot de Morfontaine - tenor
  • Monsieur de Brétigny - baritone

Sources[change | change source]

  • The Complete Dictionary of Opera & Operetta, James Anderson, Vikings Books, 1989.