from Act I of the French opera Manon
by Jules Massenet
Libretto: Henri Meilhac
Role: Manon Lescaut
, a young woman, cousin of Lescaut
Voice Part: soprano Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: The courtyard of an inn at Amiens, France, 18th century
Synopsis: After she sees three young beautiful actresses, Manon wonders if she has done the correct thing by deciding to enter a convent. She knows that she must leave her worldly desires behind when she reaches the convent.