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02 November 2021 (Tue), 19:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Opera Giacomo Puccini "Manon Lescaut" (opera in three acts)

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (till 21:15)

The performance has 1 intermission

Book tickets for this performance Ticket prices before the discount: from US$ 192 to US$ 612 per ticket

Schedule for Giacomo Puccini "Manon Lescaut" (opera in three acts) 2021-2022

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Set Designer: George Tsypin
Artistic Director: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Conductor: Valentin Bogdanov
Musical Director: Mikhail Tatarnikov
Principal Chorus Master: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Concert Master: Maria Kopyseva
Conductor: Igor Tomashevsky
Conductor’s Assistant: Igor Tomashevsky
Lighting Designer: Alexander Kibitkin
Chorus Master: Alexey Dmitriyev
Chorus Master: Sergey Tsyplenkov
Assistant to Conductor: Valentin Bogdanov
Director: Yulia Prokhorova
Stage Director: Jurgen Flimm
Costume Designer: Ursula Kudrna

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet

Opera in 2 act

Performed in Italian with synchronised Russian supertitles

Premiere of this production: 22 October 2014, Mikhailovsky theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

The opera Manon Lescaut is considered to be one of Giacomo Puccini’s finest works.
Originally staged in Turin in 1893, it was the composer’s first undoubted triumph. The libretto is based on the novel L’histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbй Prйvost, one of the first ever psychological novels, which was very popular throughout Europe.
The creators of the Mikhailovsky Theatre production, director Jьrgen Flimm and designer George Tsypin, have kept the action in Paris but have changed the period, setting the events in the early twentieth century. In their vivid adaptation, the heroine is a budding movie star and her lover is also an actor, whilst her wealthy admirer is a Hollywood producer.
The set design for the show resembles film noir in style with its characteristic lighting contrasts and dramatic shadows. The striking costumes are very much in keeping with the cinematography of the 1930s and 1940s. The emotional content is unchanged, succinctly described by the director as: “One woman, two men — catastrophic consequences.”

Libretto by Marco Praga, Domenico Oliva, Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after the novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbй Prйvost


Act I 
The action takes place in an old German town at the start of the last century but one. Night is falling. It is Christmas Eve and the streets are busy and festive. Drosselmeyer, an eccentric inventor and toy maker loved by children, is among those invited to see the Christmas tree at the large, brightly lit house of Herr Stahlbaum.
The drawing room in Herr Stahlbaumґs house is beautifully decorated. The guests assemble. Drosselmeyer enters carrying presents.
The party is ready to start. The children rush in.
There is a game of blind manґs buff and Drosselmeyer takes part. He is blindfolded. Masha, Herr Stahlbaumґs young daughter, is the first to be caught.
After the games, there is dancing. Now dressed as a magician, Drosselmeyer does magic tricks and puts on a puppet show–The Mouse King Wishes to Kidnap the Princess, but the Courageous Nutcracker Kills the Mouse King and Saves the Princess.
Drosselmeyerґs ideas seem inexhaustible. He makes clockwork toys including a clown, a doll and a blackmail dance for the children. The Nutcracker, however, is Mashaґs favourite.
Franz takes the Nutcracker from Masha and the head comes off in his hands. Drosselmeyer quickly mends the Nutcracker. Masha cuddles and comforts her damaged favourite. It is late and the guests must depart. The party comes to an end with some dances.
Masha says goodnight to the Nutcracker and the candles on the tree are extinguished. Mashaґs nanny takes her to bed.

Act II 
Masha goes to bed and falls asleep. She dreams that mice have taken over the drawing room. They are headed by the Mouse King.
The Nutcracker leads the tin soldiers in the attack. Masha follows him. Overcoming her fear, she throws her slipper at the Mouse King at a decisive point in the battle, thus saving the Nutcracker. The Mouse King has been defeated and disappears together with his troops.
Drosselmeyer turns Masha and the Nutcracker into a beautiful Prince and Princess. They are caught up in a blizzard and their journey to a fairy-tale land begins.

Masha and the Nutcracker are sailing along a magical river. The Nutcracker drives away some bats and clears the way to an enchanted island.

Celebrations begin. Masha and the Nutcracker are delighted. They dance and celebrate with the others.

Masha is asleep in bed. It will soon be morning. Her magical dream is over. Masha awakes.

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Schedule for Giacomo Puccini "Manon Lescaut" (opera in three acts) 2021-2022

Giacomo Puccini "Manon Lescaut"
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