Manon Lescaut (Giacomo Puccini)

Opera in 4 acts
Live at the Chemnitz Opera House
A production of Monarda Arts/RM Arts in cooperation with Arthaus Musik


Manon Lescaut, Puccini‘s first major success, is a work of impassioned emotions based on the 18th-century novel by Abbé Prévost, depicting the doomed infatuation of Chevalier des Grieux for beautiful, fun-loving Manon. Puccini clothes the story in warmly passionate music that makes a direct appeal to the listener‘s emotions. “Manon”, wrote Puccini to his publisher Giulio Ricordi in 1889, “is a heroine I believe in and therefore she cannot fail to win the heart of the public.” This turned out to be a truly prophetic statement since none of Puccini’s other world successes were received on their first nights as rapturously as Manon Lescaut. The popularity of Puccini’s great masterpiece has never waned and the production at the Chemnitz Opera House was hailed as “a magnificent event” and “moments we go to the opera for.”


Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD)



Producer: Torsten Bönnhoff, Erwin Stürzer
Executive Producer: Patrick Buttmann
Directed for Screen by: Patrick Buttmann
Cameras: Günther Euringer, Mark Förster, Rainer Christoph, Cyrano Botzenhart
Sound: Klaus Mücke, Jörg Stocker
Editor: Patrick Buttmann
Postproduction: Digital Images GmbH
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Running Time: 120 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Year of production: 2008


Creative Team


Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Marco Praga, Domenico Oliva, Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, Giulio Ricordi, Giuseppe Adami
Conductor: Frank Beermann
Director: Ansgar Weigner
Conception: Dietrich Hilsdorf
Chorus Master: Mary Adelyn Kauffman
Dramaturgy: Carla Neppl
Set Design: Dieter Richter
Costume Design: Renate Schmitzer
Orchestra: Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie
Choir: Opernhaus Chemnitz

Manon Lescaut: Astrid Weber
Lescaut: Heiko Trinsinger
Des Grieux: Zurab Zurabishvili
Geronte: Kouta Räsänen