New: Save your favorite arias, videos and singers!
Tell me more - Check it later - Not interested

Oui c'est Manon

Opera details:

Opera title:

Manon

Composer:

Jules Massenet

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Manon Synopsis

Libretto:

Manon Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Recitative details:

Type:

recitative

Role(s):

Monsieur de Brétigny / Manon Lescaut / Le Comte des Grieux

Voice(s):

Baritone / Soprano / Bass

Act:

3.12a

Previous scene: Je ne me trompe pas Comte Grieux
Next scene: Pardon mais j'etais la

Jules Massenet – MANON – Duo du Séminaire: ‘Oui! je fus cruelle et coupable’ (Alagna & Gheorghiu)

Singer(s): Angela Gheorghiu Roberto Alagna

MANON
Opéra-comique en 5 actes et 6 tableaux
Composer: Jules Massenet (1842–1912)
Librettist: Henri Meilhac & Philippe Gille, after the Abbé Prévost’s ‘L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut’ (1731)
First performance : Opera-Comique, Paris, 19 January 1884

SETTING : Amiens, Paris & on the road to Le Havre, 1721

PLOT : Manon, whom her cousin Lescaut is taking to the convent, meets at a post relay in Amiens the young Chevalier des Grieux, who takes her instead to Paris. Act II: The coquette, told by M. de Brétigny that des Grieux will be kidnapped that evening on his father’s orders, agrees to go with de Brétigny, who will make her the queen of Paris. Act III: Manon has had enough, and longs for des Grieux, who will shortly enter the church. At the Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice, Manon wins over the lover she abandoned. Act IV is set at the hôtel de Transylvanie, where des Grieux, introduced by Lescaut, plays and wins. Guillot calls the police; the intervention of the comte des Grieux rescues his son from shame, but Manon will be deported to Louisiana. In Act IV, on the road to Le Havre, Manon dies in the arms of des Grieux.

‘Manon’ is Massenet’s most popular opera, and was, for many years, as celebrated as Gounod’s ‘Faust’ [
No. 13 – Duo du Séminaire : ‘Oui ! je fus cruelle et coupable’
Manon visits Des Grieux in the church of Saint-Sulpice where he is soon to become ordained. He tells her that he no longer loves her, and wishes to forget her, but she reminds him of how happy they were together. He yields, and they leave the church together.

Manon Lescaut (soprano): Angela Gheorghiu
Le Chevalier Des Grieux (tenor): Roberto Alagna

Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Orchestra Symphonique de la Monnaie
Brussels 1999

Watch videos with other singers performing Oui c'est Manon:

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

BRÉTIGNY
Oui, c'est Manon!

LE COMTE
Je devine alors la raison qui vous fit, avec
tant de zèle, predre les intérêts de mon fils...
Mais, pardon! Elle veut vous parler.
Elle est vraiment fort belle!

MANON
à Brétigny, le comte se tient à part à quelque distance
Je voudrais, mon ami, avoir un bracelet pareil
à celui-ci... Je ne puis le trouver.

BRÉTIGNY
C'est bien, je vais moi-même.
Il salue le comte et sort.

LE COMTE
à part
Elle est charmante
et je comprends qu'on l'aime!

English Libretto or Translation:

BRÉTIGNY
Yes, that's Manon!

COUNT
I can easily guess then why you supported
so wholeheartedly the best interests of my
son... But excuse me, she wants to speak
with you. She's really beautiful.

MANON
to Brétigny; the Count now is standing aside at some distance
My friend, I should like to have a bracelet
similar to this one... I cannot find it.

BRÉTIGNY
Fine, I myself, will go to look.
He bows to the Count and goes off.

COUNT
aside
She's charming, and I understand now why
she is loved.

Contributors to this page