Manon Lescaut is an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini. The story is based on the 1731 novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost.
A desert in Louisiana, near New Orleans
In a region constantly plagued by hurricanes and floods, Manon and Des Grieux are fleeing from New Orleans in search of food and water.
They sing a long love duet.
Des Grieux is a short distance away to see if he sees a caravan or something.
It is then that Manon sings her famous aria, Sola, perduta, abbandonata, a true test for the skills of the best musical and dramatic sopranos.
It seems that the worst nightmare of Manon came true: she will die alone, abandoned by all.
Des Grieux returns, and happy Manon dies in his arms.
The curtain falls.