from Act II of the French opera Manon
by Jules Massenet
Libretto: Henri Meilhac
Role: Manon Lescaut
, a young woman, cousin of Lescaut
Voice Part: soprano Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: Apartment of Chevalier Des Grieux, Paris, France, 18th century
Synopsis: Manon has been told by a nobleman that her love Des Grieux will soon be kidnapped by his father's men in order to get him away from her. She knows that the happy days they have spent in Des Grieux's apartment will soon be at an end and takes the opportunity to bid adieu to the table at which she and her love ate many meals together.