is an opera or opéra comique
in 3 acts by Daniel-François-Esprit Auber
to a libretto by Eugène Scribe
, and, like Puccini
's Manon Lescaut
, is based on the Abbé Prévost
's story Manon Lescaut
. Auber's version is the least-performed of the three.
The opera was premièred on 23 February 1856 by the Opéra-Comique
at the second Salle Favart in Paris. It was the first work to be staged by that company that did not have a happy ending.Loewenberg A. Annals of Opera.
London, John Calder, 1978. However, it subsequently disappeared from the repertory.
In North America, the opera was performed once around 1977 in New York City by a small opera company, and another live performance occurred in 2006, given by the Lyric Opera of Los Angeles
at the Los Angeles Theatre
In 1990, it was staged at the Opéra Comique de Paris
with the Picardy Sinfonietta in Amiens conducted by Patrick Fournillier. Next year the live recording of the opera was released by the French label Le Chant du Monde. Another stage performance took place at the Wexford Festival
in October/November, 2002.
The story only loosely resembles the original novel by Prévost (where, for instance, Lescaut is Manon's... Read More