The same play by Scribe and Legouvé which served as a basis for Cilea's librettist was also used by at least three different librettists for operas carrying exactly the same name, Adriana Lecouvreur, and created by three different composers but after Cilea created his own Adriana, none of those by others were performed anymore and they remain largely unknown today.
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 is often signalled as verismo opera's least realistic.
Adriana Lecouvreur - Renata Tebaldi
Maurizio - Mario del Monaco
La Principessa di Bouillon - Giulietta Simionato
Franco Capuana - conductor
DECCA - 1962