by Francesco Cilea
Soprano Anna Netrebko portrays the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and off-stage passion.
Cherished by its fans for the dramatic possibilities provided by the lead roles, the opera deftly combines frank emotionalism and flowing lyricism with pseudo-historical spectacle. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier — and her lover — Maurice of Saxony. Cilea's operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.
CONDUCTOR: Gianandrea Noseda
ADRIANA: Anna Netrebko
THE PRINCIPESSA: Anita Rachvelishvili
MAURIZIO: Piotr Beczała
THE ABBÉ: Carlo Bosi
MICHONNET: Ambrogio Maestri
PRINCE DE BOUILLON: Maurizio Muraro
Approximate running time 3 hrs 33 min
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