Along with the works of the master of Italian opera, Verdi, the works of Puccini are an essential part of the repertory. In Japan, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and La Boheme are the Puccini operas most often performed. But it was Manon Lescaut, his third opera, that marked his breakthrough as an opera composer. Manon Lescaut contains luscious intermezzos and lovely, enchanting music throughout all acts. In it, one can sense the artistry that continued to manifest in the trilogy that came next (Il tabarro (The Cloak), Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica), and Gianni Schicchi). In opera, love comes in many forms; Manon's unrestrained notions regarding love differ from those of the characters of Arabella or Isolde, or of La Traviata's Violetta. We invite you to revel in the different faces of love that each opera reveals.