Angela Gheorghiu and Hrachuhi Bassenz star in the first revival of David McVicar’s production of Cilea’s tragic opera.
The death of French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur inspired many plays and operas, of which Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur is one of the most enduring. The opera would become Cilea’s greatest success, renowned for his heroine’s arias ‘Io son l’umile ancilla’ in Act I and ‘Poveri fiori’ in Act IV .
David McVicar’s 2010 production recreates a Baroque theatre with lavish period costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel to create a spectacular production that delves into the love and life of the theatre.
The story centres around actress Adriana Lecouvreur who is adored by many admirers including stage manager Michonnet but she loves Maurizio, Count of Saxony. Adriana suspects Maurizio still loves his ex-lover, the love triangle ends tragically when Adriana dies in Maurizio’s arms.
The performance lasts about 3 hours 25 minutes, including two intervals.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
For more information , visit the Royal Opera House website here
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