1856 · Paris
Named cast includes Marie Cabel, Puget, Faure, Beckers, Lemercier, Jourdan, Félix, Lemaire, Duvernoy, Nathan, and Bélia.
Binding considerably worn, with some loss. Slightly worn, browned, foxed, and stained; pp. 3-6 detached. Annotation in pencil to front free endpaper; portion of rear endpaper torn away. First Edition. Schneider p. 1378.
First performed in Paris at the Opéra Comique on February 23, 1856.
"In Manon Lescaut (1856), the café-scene in Act 2 paints a multi-faceted picture of contemporary society in a manner close to Offenbach; the culmination of the action in a dramatic, half-hour-long death-scene is still more astonishing, anticipating, within the opéra comique genre, the fatal outcome of Carmen by 19 years." Herbert Schneider in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 28220)