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THE CHEVALIER DES GRIEUX: Tenor
THE COUNT DES GRIEUX: Bass
LESCAUT, Manon's cousin: Baritone
GUILLOT MORFONTAINE, a nobleman: Tenor
DE BRÉTIGNY, a tax-collector: Baritone
TWO GUARDSMEN: Tenor, Bass
PORTER OF THE SEMINARY
MANON LESCAUT: Soprano
POUSSETTE, actress: Soprano
JAVOTTE, actress: Mezzo-Soprano
ROSETTE, actress: Mezzo-Soprano
Men and Women of Amiens, Post-boys and Porters, Men and Women of Paris, Gamblers, Guards.
The Chevalier Des Grieux meets Manon in Amiens. She tells him that her family is sending her to a convent, in order to prevent her love of pleasure leading her into trouble. Des Grieux immediately falls in love with her and persuades her to flee with him to Paris to save her from this fate. Months later, feeling herself unworthy of such a good man as Des Grieux, she runs away with De Brétigny. Des Grieux, devastated, enters the priesthood. Manon rushes to the monastery to beg his forgiveness and he is once again overwhelmed by her seductive charm. The lovers are reunited, but embark on a life of gambling and hedonism that eventually brings about their destruction.
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