ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

 

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

Opera in four acts with music by Francesco Cilea and a libretto in Italian by Arturo Colautti, based on the play Adrienne Lecouvreur (1849) by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé.
Premiered on the 6th of November, 1902 at the Teatro Lirico in Milan

Musical and stage production Teatro Cervantes de Málaga

Maurizio, Count of Saxony  Alejandro Roy
Prince de Bouillon  Adriano Gramigni
Abate di Chazeuil  Luis Pacetti  
Michonnet, stage manager of the Comédie  Luis Cansino
Quinault, partner of the Comédie  Pau Armengol
Poisson, partner of the Comédie  To be determined
Adriana Lecouvreur, a famous actress of the Comédie-Française  Lianna Haroutounian
Princess de Bouillon  Clémentine Margaine
Mademoiselle Jouvenot, partner of the Comédie  Alba Chantar
Mademoiselle Dangeville, partner of the Comédie  Mar Esteve

Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga
Coro de Ópera de Málaga

Stage director Joan Anton Rechi
Choir director María del Mar Muñoz Varo
Conductor Óliver Díaz

2.50 h (w/intermission)

The story of the real circumstances that led to the alleged assassination of Adrienne Lecouvreur, star actress of the Comédie-Française who died in 1730 in strange circumstances, apparently having been poisoned with a bouquet of violets by another actress who yearns for the former’s lover, a conflict which in the opera unfolds between Adriana and the Princess de Bouillon.

The composer and educator Francesco Cilea converted his Adriana Lecouvreur into a masterpiece of verismo with a wise combination of the vocal ideals of bel canto and the expressive needs of the early 20th century, which demanded more realistic theatrical solutions. When the composer started writing the opera he was already aware of the experience and the success of L´Arlesiana, and like the latter, Adriana was also immediately acclaimed and rapidly disseminated abroad.
The only one of Celia’s five operas that remains in the repertoire, Adriana Lecouvreur continues to attract audiences, fully devoted to the dramatic unfolding of events and the main character’s deadly outcome. The main roles of Adriana, Maurizio and the Princess de Bouillon are some of the most difficult of the repertoire, as evidenced by the vocal skill required for the moving arias  Ecco: respiro appena…’, ‘Poveri fiori’ and ‘Io son l´umile ancella’ performed by Adriana, ‘Acerba vollutà’ sung by the Princess, and ‘La dolcissima efigie’ by Maurizio.

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