Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Adriana Lecouvreur. London.

Opera in four acts

Music by Francesco Cilea
Libretto by Arturo Colautti after Eugéne Scribe and Ernest Legouvé's play
Adrienne Lecouvreur.

Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Orchestra of the Royal opera house
Chorus of the Royal opera house
Conducted by Mark Elder
Directed by David McVicar

Michonnet Alessandro Corbelli
Poisson Iain Paton
Quinault David Soar
Mademoiselle Jouvenot Janis Kelly
Mademoiselle Dangeville Sarah Castle
Prince De Bouillon Maurizio Muraro
Abbé De Chazeuil Bonaventura Bottone
Adriana Lecouvreur Angela Gheorghiu
Maurizio Jonas Kaufmann
Princesse de Bouillon Michaela Schuster

Cileas opera Adriana Lecouvreur is rarely staged. The opera has not been performed in London since 1906. Classicalify went to London to see the second performance.
Set in Paris in the year 1730 the story is about famed actress Adriana Lecouvreur who is in love with Maurizio the count of Saxony. The count has political support from the Princesse de Bouillon. When the princess finds out that Adriana is in love with the count she tries to end their affair by spreading false news that the count is dead. But fails. She wants Adriana killed.

A wonderful opera that deserves to be performed more often. Cilea may seem, today,an obscure one compared to those of his contemporaries, Mascagni, Leoncavallo and above all Puccini.
The general public may feel insecure to see an opera that is unknown to most of us.
But that shouldn't stop you. Opera is not hard to understand. It's music and words.
You don't have to be educated in opera history and speak italian to enjoy this opera.
Just go and enjoy yourself. The chance to see Kaufmann and Gheorghiu perform together is very rare. They perform to great satisfaction. Kaufmann is born to play this part. Gheorghiu shows again she is the top soprano of the Royal opera house. Classicalify still remembers with great joy her amazing performance in La Traviata last summer. Go see this prodcution. It's worth it.
Make sure Gheorghiu sings. She is known to cancel her performances. But she loves to sing at Covent Garden so hopefully she will sing all her performances.

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