Adriana Lecouvreur - Royal Opera (2 DVD)

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"Jonas Kaufmann leaves nothing to be desired in this performance: a beautiful, rich, and dark tenor voice, and a presence that draws you in long before he utters a single note! Gheorghiu also gives a superb performance. The production is magnificent. If you are a verismo enthusiast, this is a must have for your collection."
- Karen

Adriana Lecouvreur - Royal Opera (2 DVD)
Composer: Francesco Cilea
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Conductor: Mark Elder
Directors: David McVicar
Artists: Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann
Orchestra: Royal Opera House Orchestra
Label: Decca

Format: Classical, Color, DVD, NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English
Region: All Regions

This production of Francesco Cilea's intoxicating opera Adriana Lecouvreur features Angela Gheorghiu and Jonas Kaufmann.



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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