A star playing a star, or: Adriana Lecouvreur is Anna Netrebko.
A star actress in love with a count: the basic storyline already reminds us of an operetta, and when the actress is poisoned at the end of the opera, we can’t help thinking of a silent film. The scandals great and small of the Belle Époque still exert a fascination over us — so it’s no surprise that one of the period’s most popular operas is now turning up on opera programs more and more often: Adriana Lecouvreur by Italian composer Francesco Cilea. What applies to his contemporary Puccini applies here as well: opera can be fun. It’s allowed to entertain, amuse, and then suddenly move us to tears. The fact that the opera was actually based on a true story, and on top of that takes place in the immoral setting of the theater, provided additional excitement. We are presenting the work in a production of the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg with Anna Netrebko in the title role.
Sponsored by Delzell Foundation (USA)
Photo: Vladimir Shirkov
Adriana Lecouvreur – opera in four acts, libretto by Arturo Colautti to a play by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé.
In Italian with German and English surtitles
- Valery Gergiev Music Director
- Isabelle Partiot-Pieri Director and Set Designer
- Lili Kendaka Costume Designer
- Pierre Dupouey Lighting Designer
- Philippe Giraudeau Choreography
- Anna Netrebko Adriana Lecouvreur
- Yusif Eyvazov Maurizio
- Ekaterina Semenchuk Die Fürstin von Boullion
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