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At The Opera, Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur, November 19, 2016

  

Adriana Lecouvreur is an opera in four acts by Francesco Cilea to an Italian libretto by Arturo Colautti, based on the 1849 play Adrienne Lecouvreur by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé.

The opera premiered at the Teatro Lirico, Milan, on November 6, 1902, with the well-known verismo soprano Angelica Pandolfini in the title role, Enrico Caruso in the role of Maurizio, and the lyric baritone Giuseppe De Luca as Michonnet.

The opera was first performed in the United States by the San Carlo Opera Company on January 5, 1907 at the French Opera House in New Orleans with Tarquinia Tarquini in the title role. It gained its Metropolitan Opera premiere on 18 November 1907 (in a performance starring Lina Cavalieri and Caruso). It had a run of only three performances that season, however, due in large part to Caruso's ill-health. Subsequently, it was revived at the Met from time to time until a new production was commissioned in 1963. That 1963 production continued to be remounted at the same theatre, with differing casts, for the next few decades. It was in the lead role of this opera that the Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo made his Met debut in 1968, alongside Renata Tebaldi in the title role.

Cast:

Adriana Lecouvreur – Renata Tebaldi

Maurizio – Mario del Monaco

La Principessa di Bouillon – Giulietta Simionato

Orchestra and chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia of Rome.

Franco Capuana – conductor

Decca - 1962

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:12pm
Francesco Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur BUY Orchestra e coro dell' Accademia di Santa Cecilla , Roma; Franco Capuana, conductor
Decca 430256-2
11:00pm
11:01pm
Puccini: Tosca: E Lucevan Le Stelle BUY from Prima Voce: Caruso; composed by Puccini
11:04pm
Enrico Caruso: Pagliacci: Recitar .. Vesti La Giubba BUY from Prima Voce: Caruso
11:07pm
Massenet: Manaon: Je Suis Seul ...Ah! Fuyez Douce Image BUY from Prima Voce: Caruso; composed by Massenet
11:12pm
Puccini: Manon Lescaut: Donna Non Vidi Mai BUY n/a; n/a, conductor Enrico Caruso
11:15pm
Halevy: La Juive: Rachel, Quand Du Seigneur BUY n/a; n/a, conductor Enrico Caruso
11:25pm
Florence Foster Jenkins: Valse Caressante, for voice, flute & piano BUY from Florence Foster Jenkins & Friends: Murder on the High Cs
11:32pm
Alexander Kipnis: Little Jack Horner (with apologies to Handel), for voice & piano BUY from Florence Foster Jenkins & Friends: Murder on the High Cs
11:35pm
Helen Traubel and Jimmy Durante: The Song's Gotta Come From The Heart BUY from Florence Foster Jenkins & Friends: Murder on the High Cs
11:40pm
Lauritz Melchior: Please Don't Say No (for the film "Thrill of a Romance") BUY from Florence Foster Jenkins & Friends: Murder on the High Cs
11:43pm
Enrico Caruso: O Sole Mio BUY from Enrico Caruso in Song
11:47pm
Enrico Caruso: Santa Lucia BUY from Enrico Caruso in Song

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