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Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur / Elder, Gheorghiu, Kaufmann [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecourvreur
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Starring Angela Gheorghiu as the celebrated French actress Andriana Lecouvreur and Jonas Kaufmann as her lover Maurizio, Count of Saxony, Cilea's verismo drama explores celebrity, romance, jealousy, and death. The trio of sublime voices is completed by Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Brodina as Adriana's jealous rival, the Princess de Bouillon. David McVicar's hit production - the first performance of the opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for more than a century - presents the life of the French actress a s a blurring of the distinction between fantasy and reality. The action revolves around a life-size Baroque Theatre, taking us from the bustle and color of the first act backstage at the playhouse, to the bare final scenes as the drama reaches its fatal climax.

"Gheorghiu is dream casting for a role which all the great dramatic sopranos – from Joan Sutherland to Renée Fleming – have scrambled to make their own... David McVicar's production is full of clever touches and includes an absolutely exquisite little entr'acte ballet. Its sure arc progresses inexorably from humdrum public reality to a private and tragic apotheosis. This opera being a lightly fictionalised version of an improbably dramatic life, the dénouement comes when, having sniffed a bunch of poisoned violets sent by her jealous rival, the heroine becomes delirious and starts to relive her greatest stage moments. Gheorghiu's handling of this scene is flawless, her voice soaring and falling back in despair like a wounded bird. The last thing we hear is Maurizio's grief-stricken cry which – as Kaufmann delivers it, over the sound of a consoling harp – wrings the hearts of all who have stayed the emotional course with this sorely underrated drama. In the pre-cinema Italy of Cilea's day, operas like this would be the regular Saturday night entertainment for rich and poor alike. As the ovation confirmed, it still makes a splendid one today." -The Independent

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 150 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Subtitles: English


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Works Details

>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecourvreur
  • Performers: Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano); Bonaventura Bottone (Tenor); Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Maurizio Muraro (Bass)
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902