Manon Lescaut, Puccini's first major success, is a work of impassioned emotions based on the 18th-century novel by AbbÃ© PrÃ©vost, 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.
"...Humor is threaded through the action - Manon's Parisian retinue is a wonderful parade of high camp, and as events spiral towards her arrest the action moves with the deftness of a French farce. It is faultlessly plotted." - The Guardian