Opera Holland Park, Stable Yard, Holland Park, London, W8 6LU

4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 June at 7.30pm

Manon, the pleasure-loving antiheroine is the first femme fatale in French literature. Premiered in Turin in 1893, Puccini’s adaptation turned a sentimental narrative into an operatic sensation. In the opera that made Puccini’s name, a convent girl becomes a courtesan, then a convict, unable to choose between a life of luxury and a life of love.