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With little hope, des Grieux writes to his father, imploring permission to marry Manon. But his concern for offended family honor is only camouflage for his alliance with his friend.
Trying to prove his honorable intentions, des Grieux shows Lescaut the letter to his father. Unaware of her change of heart, des Grieux returns and conveys his more modest vision of their future happiness "En fermant les yeux", the "Dream Song".
Going outside to investigate an apparent disturbance, he is seized and hustled away, leaving Manon to voice her regrets.
Act 3[ edit ] Scene 1: Approaching the Comte, Manon tries to discover whether his son still loves her. She hurries off to Saint-Sulpice.
Des Grieux enters, in clerical garb, and his father adds his voice to the chorus of praise, but tries to dissuade his son from this new life, so that he can perpetuate the family name "Epouse quelque brave fille".
As he prays, Manon herself appears, to implore his forgiveness for her faithlessness. American soprano Sibyl Sanderson as Manon in Manon arrives with des Grieux who declares his total love: He is persuaded to gamble, in hopes of gaining the wealth she craves.
He plays at cards with Guillot and continually wins, as Guillot doubles and redoubles the wager. As Manon exults, Guillot accuses des Grieux of cheating. Des Grieux denies the charge and Guillot leaves, returning shortly with the police, to whom he denounces des Grieux as a cheat and Manon as dissolute.
The elder des Grieux enters, and tells his son that, while he will intercede on his behalf, he will do nothing to save Manon. In a big ensemble, with Guillot exulting over his revenge, Manon lamenting the end of all joy, des Grieux swearing to defend her, and the rest expressing consternation and horror, the arrested pair are led away.
A detachment of soldiers arrives with their prisoners. The would-be rescuers recognize the hopelessness of attacking so strong an escort, but Lescaut succeeds in bribing their sergeant to allow Manon to stay behind till evening.
In his arms, near delirium, she relives their former happiness. Des Grieux tells her the past can exist again but Manon, now calm, knows that it is too late. Act 1 - Manon:Manon (Gran Teatre del Liceu) Barcelona, Spain's Gran Teatre del Liceu mounted this production of 19th century French composer Jules Massenet's opera Manon, starring Natalie Dessay, Rolando Villazón and Samuel Ramey and .
Massenet: Manon. Erato: Buy 2 DVD Videos online. Natalie Dessay (Manon), Rolando Villazon (Le Chevalier des Grieux), Samuel Ramey (Le Comte des Grieux), Manuel Lanza (Lescaut), Orquesta Sinfónica e coro del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Victor Pablo Pérez.
Natalie Dessay, Rolando Villazon, Samuel Ramey, Manuel Lanza, and Didier Henry star in this Gran Teatre del Liceu production of the Massenet opera conducted by Victor Pablo Perez and directed by David ashio-midori.coms: Recorded at Barcelona's Teatro del Liceu over three evenings in June, , David McVicar's take on Massenet's Manon, though it looks entirely traditional at first, is positively veristic with abundant hints of Puccini-era Manon.
Renée Fleming, Natalie Dessay and Anna Netrebko now appear as Manon on DVD - all superb in three different productions, that seem tailored to the individual strenghts of each soprano. David McVicar has cimply created a superb production of Manon for the Barcelona Liceu, which brings out virtually all the strenghts of Natalie Dessay.
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