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from Act II of the French opera Manon by Jules Massenet
Libretto: Henri Meilhac

Role: Chevalier Des Grieux, a nobleman, son of Count Des Grieux
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: lyric tenor
Setting: Apartment of Chevalier Des Grieux, Paris, France, 18th century
Synopsis: In order to cheer Manon up, Des Grieux relates to her a dream that he has had. He has dreamed that someday he will own a house surrounded by beautiful flowers and singing birds. However, he realizes that his dream was still drear because it lacks one thing : Manon.
Range: Tessitura:
E3 - A4A3 - F4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Bob Frone (added 1997-11-13)
En fermant les yeux, Des Grieux's aria from Manon

En fermant les yeux, je vois
Là-bas... une humble retraite,
Une maisonnette
Toute blanche au fond des bois!
Sous ses tranquilles ombrages
Les clairs et joyeux ruisseaux,
Où se mirent les feuillages,
Chantent avec les oiseaux!
C'est le paradis!... Oh non!
Tout est là triste et morose,
Car il y manque une chose,
Il y faut encore Manon!
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Adler, Kurt. Operatic Anthology, Volume 3 - Tenor. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
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