MET Opera: Adriana Lecouvreur

In Italian with English subtitles

Adriana Lecouvreur unfolds in Paris in 1730. The setting reflects a nostalgia for the Rococo era that swept over Europe and the Americas around the turn of the last century when Cilea was composing, evident in other operas (for instance, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut) and in architecture.

A pinnacle of a lifetime of opera-going … Anna Netrebko is the ultimate diva.

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 favourite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.

USA 2019, 212 min, rated G, incl two 30 min intermissions
Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda
Starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczała & Ambrogio Maestri

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