from Act I of the Italian opera Manon Lescaut
by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Marco Praga
Role: Il Cavaliere Renato des Grieux
, a student and young nobleman
Voice Part: tenor Fach: spinto tenor
Setting: a square near the Paris gate, Amiens, France, 18th century
Synopsis: Des Grieux has just met Manon and fallen in love with her. Manon leaves when called by her brother, but promises to return. Alone, Des Grieux sings about his feelings for Manon.