Adriana Lecouvreurt

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From December 31, Francesco Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur will be playing, starring soprano Anna Netrebko as the titular character. Set in France in the 1730s, the opera follows the story of actress Adriana Lecouvreur, who is in love with aristocrat Maurizio, Count of Saxony. However, their budding romance is thwarted by his former lover, the Princesse de Bouillon. The opera was inspired by the death of French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur, and premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where it achieved rave reviews. The production is directed by Gianandrea Noseda, and was staged by Sir David McVicar, set in a working replica of a Baroque theater.

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Adriana Lecouvreur

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed … The spectacle guarantees a good night out.”

Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

World Premiere: Teatro Lirico, Milan, 1902. Adriana Lecouvreur occupies a unique place in the repertory: largely dismissed by experts from its premiere to the present day yet cherished by its fans for the dramatic possibilities provided by the lead roles. The opera is a deft combination of frank emotionalism and flowing lyricism, with pseudo-historical spectacle. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier—and lover—Maurice of Saxony. Cilea’s operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role. [1]

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