from Act I of the French opera Manon
by Jules Massenet
Libretto: Henri Meilhac
, Manon's cousin, Royal Guardsman
Voice Part: baritone Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: The courtyard of an inn at Amiens, France, 18th century
Synopsis: Lescaut warns his young cousin Manon of the pitfalls of the real world, including the threat she faces from men who would try to take advantage of her.