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“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon”

“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon"

Prévost’s L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut made an outrageous appearance on the literary scene in 1731 detailing the exploits of the young, beautiful, and morally incorrigible Manon. Banned in France for its scandalous depiction of this unrepentant libertarian of a woman the novel became very popular and pirated editions were widely distributed. Manon’s love, won and lost with the wheel of Fortune, is presented as capricious, addictive and impossible. Indeed, upon reading Prévost’s novel in Dumas’ La Dame aux Camélias, Marguerite Gautier, better known operatically as Violetta Valéry, declares that “when a woman loves, she cannot do as Manon did”. However, she too eventually abandons her lover and both fallen women succumb to their inevitable fate – an early death.

Details

Date:
May 2
Time
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost:
£25.00
Website:
http://www.operaprelude.com

Venue

Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ United Kingdom
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Phone:
0207 730 4500
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Organizer

Opera Prelude
Phone:
07908894333
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www.operaprelude.com

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Full Name
Hannah Jones
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marketing@operaprelude.com