Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur
From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur.
Not heard at the Royal Opera House since 1906, Cilea's masterpiece is staged in a new production by David McVicar, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Jonas Kaufmann, and conducted by Mark Elder.
Paris, 1730. Backstage at the Comadie-Francaise, preparations are in hand for a performance in which Adriana Lecouvreur will have a starring role. She is much admired, but her heart is set on Maurizio, who she believes is an officer in the service of the Count of Saxony. She is mistaken in this assumption, however, and she has a rival for the man's affections in the form of a princess who will stop at nothing to get rid of her. For a moment, it seems that all will go well - but the Princess will eventually have the upper hand.
Presented by: Donald Macleod
Adriana Lecouvreur ..... Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)
Maurizio ..... Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Prince de Bouillon ..... Maurizio Muraro (bass)
L'Abate di Chazeuil ..... Bonaventura Bottone (tenor)
Michonnet ..... Alessandro Corbelli (baritone)
Quinault ..... David Soar (bass)
Poisson ..... Iain Paton (tenor)
Princesse de Bouillon ..... Olga Borodina (mezzo soprano)
Mlle Jouvenot ..... Janis Kelly (soprano)
Mlle Dangeville ..... Sarah Castle (mezzo soprano)
Conductor ..... Sir Mark Elder
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House Chorus.