February 5, 2021 6:00 PM


Opera ir four acts by GIACOMO PUCCINI


Audiences will be offered a chance to view a recording of the premiere from 26 november 2015. It will be available online from 5 February 2021 until 28 February 2021. When purchasing the ticket, you’ll receive an e-mail with a link to the recording and an access code. In the set time frame each recording will be available an unlimited number of times.


The recording will be provided with subtitles in Latvian.


Music Director and Conductor MĀRTIŅŠ OZOLIŅŠ

Stage Director INĀRA SLUCKA


Costume māksliniece KEITA


Dramaturge MIKUS ČEŽE

Lighting Designer IGORS KAPUSTINS

Choreographer ELITA BUKOVSKA


In their time, his friends had tried to dissuade Giacomo Puccini from idea to write an opera about the tragedy of wayward beauty Manon Lescaut as the story of Abbé Prévost had have already inspired an opera by composer Julles Massenet. However, Puccini dismissed all objections: “Manon is a heroine I believe in and therefore she cannot fail to win the hearts of the public. Why shouldn’t there be two operas about Manon? A woman like Manon can have more than one lover. He added, Massenet feels it as a Frenchman, with powder and minuets. I shall feel it as an Italian, with a desperate passion. Manon Lescaut was his third opera and his first striking success.”

“Manon Lescaut” is about the clash of two equally powerful, yet opposing forces: the material world versus that of the immaterial. The opera’s heroes are given the gift of choice, but once they’ve made their decisions, there’s no going back. Manon’s destiny is marked by the meeting of two worlds at a crossroads, along with the inability to choose between love and stability – which leads to catastrophic results for Manon herself, as well as her lover, des Grieux. 


Manon Lescaut – ASMIK GRIGORIAN, Chevalier des Grieux – SERGEY POLYAKOV, Lescaut – JĀNIS APEINIS, Geronte de Ravoir – KRIŠJĀNIS NORVELIS, Edmondo – RAIMONDS BRAMANIS

LNO Choir, Orchestra and Extras



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