Adriana Lecouvreur (CD)

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Adriana Lecouvreur (CD)
Composer(s):    Cilea, Francesco; Colautti, Arturo
Artist(s):    Mercuriali, Angelo; Capuana, Franco; Cadoni, Fernanda; Simionato, Giulietta; Carral, Dora; Fioravanti, Giulio; Coro dell`Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Maionica, Silvio; Foiani, Giovanni; Del Monaco, Mario; Orchestra dell`Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Tebaldi, Renata; Ricciardi, Franco

Among the operas of the Italian verismo, the Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea is one among the few that have survived. With its refined orchestration and dramatic use of voices, this Italian masterpiece is much closer to the contemporary European productions of Strauss and Debussy than to the feelings of the creative season between Rossini and Puccini. Its recording history is not rich, but the famous edition recorded by Decca in 1961 in Florence remains, after so many years, one of the landmarks of Adriana discography. It is dominated by the presence of Renata Tebaldi, one of the few big stars (the other was Magda Olivero) that kept constantly this role in her repertoire. We there fore publish a new edition, not only as a tribute to Tebaldi, but also because of the unavailability of the recording for several years.



Adriana Lecouvreur

Composed in the mid-19th-century, Francesco Cilea’s four-act opera, Adriana Lecouvreur is about the real-life French actress, who dazzled 18th-century audiences in Paris with her on and offstage passion.

Set backstage at the Opéra-Comique in Paris around 1730, the plot revolves around Adriana, her lover, the legendary soldier, Maurizio and her rival, Mademoiselle Duclos, all caught in a web of love, jealousy and deception.

Central to the narrative is a bouquet of violets, which represents Adriana’s pledge of love to Maurizio and her death in the end when she holds the poisoned flowers to her face. Maurizio laments her demise in
“Ecco La Luce” as she dies in his arms.

Adriana Lecouvreur premiered at the Teatro Lirico, Milan, 1902.

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