(this is a November 1953 Turin recording, on two CDs, made with the Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Torino, conducted by Federico del Cupolo, and starring : soprano Clara Petrella as Manon ; tenor Vasco Campagnano as Des Grieux ; baritone Pier Luigi Latinucci as Geronte ; and many other operatic performers)
Giacomo Puccini's (1858-1924) "Manon Lescaut" (1893), not only gets confused with Jules Massenet's "Manon" (1884) nowadays, but the two works were the subject of both confusion, and rivalry, in their day, as well. Also, they both take their librettos, from the Abbe Prevost's "Manon Lescaut" novel of 1731 ; in which Manon meets a young, handsome student, Des Grieux, and falls in love with him, only to later have her head turned by the riches offered by the elderly Geronte ... However, Manon cannot forget Des Grieux, and they flee together, before Geronte can get the police to arrest Des Grieux. Manon subsequently dies from exhaustion, in her first lover, Des Grieux's, arms.
Puccini cleverly worked around the problems, created by the perpetual possibilities of comparisons with Massenet's work, by making Des Grieux the linchpin of the action, rather than his lover.
(box-set includes 50-page booklet, containing full Italian-language libretto)
Disc One : Manon Lescaut, by Puccini (1893) :-
1)-10) Act One (36:00) ; 11)-20) Act Two (38:40).
Disc Two : Manon Lescaut ... (conclusion) :-
1) Intermezzo (5:11) ; 2)-6) Act Three (16:38) ; 7)-10) Act Four (19:37).
Both discs are in EX condition.