Adriana Lecouvreur

Francesco Cilea

Adriana Lecouvreur

Upcoming Performances

Friday

Jan 4 at 7:30 PM

Tuesday

Jan 8 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Jan 12 at 1 PM

Wednesday

Jan 16 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Jan 19 at 8 PM

Wednesday

Jan 23 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Jan 26 at 8 PM

Overview

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana's lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar's staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the "elegant production, sumptuously designed ... The spectacle guarantees a good night out."

Co-Production of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Wiener Staatsoper; San Francisco Opera; and L’Opéra National de Paris

Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

Languages

Languages sung in Adriana Lecouvreur

Sung In

Italian

Titles

Title languages displayed for Adriana Lecouvreur

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Timeline

Timeline for the show, Adriana Lecouvreur

Estimated Run Time

3 hrs 33 mins

  • House Opens

  • Act I

    86 mins

  • Intermission

    30 mins

  • Act II

    28 mins

  • Intermission

    25 mins

  • Act III

    44 mins

  • Opera Ends

Adriana Lecouvreur

World Premiere: Teatro Lirico, Milan, 1902. Adriana Lecouvreur occupies a unique place in the repertory: largely dismissed by experts from its premiere to the present day yet cherished by its fans for the dramatic possibilities provided by the lead roles. The opera is a deft combination of frank emotionalism and flowing lyricism, with pseudo-historical spectacle. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier—and lover—Maurice of Saxony. Cilea's operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.

Creators

Francesco Cilea (1866–1950) belonged to the generation of Italian composers that produced such greats as Puccini and Mascagni. Adriana Lecouvreur was his only big success with the public, though his opera L’Arlesiana also played for many years and is occasionally revived. Arturo Colautti (1851–1914), who transformed a play by French dramatist Eugène Scribe (1791–1861) into a libretto, was a poet, novelist, and creator of comedies. 

PRODUCTION

Sir David McVicar

SET DESIGNER

Charles Edwards

COSTUME DESIGNER

Brigitte Reiffenstuel

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Adam Silverman

CHOREOGRAPHER

Andrew George

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Justin Way

Headshot of Francesco Cilea

Composer

Francesco Cilea

Setting

Adriana Lecouvreur

Adriana Lecouvreur unfolds in Paris in 1730. The setting reflects a nostalgia for the Rococo era that swept over Europe and the Americas around the turn of the last century when Cilea was composing, evident in other operas (for instance, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut) and in architecture.

Music

The score of Adriana Lecouvreur relies on elegance and a deft weaving of themes rather than symphonic grandeur. There are nods to a neo-Rococo style, especially in Act III’s dance sequences, but generally the score serves to showcase the singers. Lyricism abounds in the solos, particularly in the tenor’s “La dolcissima effigie” in Act I and Adriana’s Act I aria “Io son l’umile ancella,” whose arching line and theme of the singer as “the humble handmaiden of the creative genius” have made it a soprano anthem of sorts.

Adriana Lecouvreur