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At The Opera, Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur, March 10, 2018


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. It was first performed on November 6, 1902 at the Teatro Lirico in Milan.

The opera is based on the life of the French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur (1692–1730). While there are some actual historical figures in the opera, the episode it recounts is largely fictional, its death-by-poisoned violets plot device often signalled as verismo opera's least realistic. It is often condemned as being among the most confusing texts ever written for the stage, and cuts that have often been made in performance only make the story harder to follow.


Renata Tebaldi - Adriana Lecouvreur

Mario Del Monaco – Maurizio

The Princess – Giuletta Simionato

Franco Capuana – conductor

Decca/London - 1962


Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
Francesco Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur BUY Orchestra e coro dell' Accademia di Santa Cecilla , Roma; Franco Capuana, conductor
Decca 430256-2
Puccini: Act 2 Tosca Paris Opera Live 1958 BUY from Maria Callas - La grande nuit de l'opéra 1958; composed by Puccini

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