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ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

Francesco Cilea

 

Francesco Cilea
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR
Teatro Regio Torino, 2009


Soloists: Micaela Carosi, Marcelo Álvarez, Marianne Cornetti
Orchestra, Chorus: Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio Torino
Conductor: Renato Palumbo
Director: Lorenzo Mariani

An operatic whodunit with gravitas: Francesco Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” It is said even Giuseppe Verdi briefly gave consideration to writing an opera based on this whodunit, when Cilea decided to set the material to music in 1899. The opera’s world premiere in Milan in 1902 was a triumph, due in no small measure to a stellar cast of singers that included Enrico Caruso as Maurizio. For a decade the work was performed regularly throughout Europe and America; thereafter it increasingly disappeared from the repertoire. After revisions to the score and plot and the introduction of significant cuts, Adriana Lecouvreur made a successful comeback and established a presence once again on the international stage. The premiere of the definitive version took place in Naples in 1930. Since this time the three main roles of Arturo Colautti’s libretto have regularly been filled by great artists. In the present stylised production by Lorenzo Mariani, which features reduced décor but magnificent rococo costumes, the “violet-perfumed murderess” is taken by mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti, one of the most in-demand representatives of her vocal category. Opposite her, in the role of Adriana, is a soprano who as a Verdi and verismo specialist also appears regularly at all the major international opera houses, Micaela Carosi. The “cock-of-the-walk” role is sung by the world-class tenor Marcelo Álvarez. His timbre, velvety smooth yet robustly virile, is ideally suited to a vocal characterisation of the idolised Maurizio. Conductor Renato Palumbo is very much at home with Cilea’s operatic masterpiece, since the Italian Romantic and verismo periods are at the core of his extensive repertoire.

Press Reviews

"Da ist in der Titelrolle Micaela Carosi, die mit passend theatralischem Gestus den Schauspielstar gestaltet und vor allem mit ihrem durchgehend fülligen, in den Höhen schön aufblühenden Sopran gefällt. Die richtige Mischung von dramatischer Attake und lyrischem Glanz gelingt Marcelo Alvarez als Maurizio aufs Feinste." Gerhard Eckels, Orpheus , März/April 2011

"Micaela Carosi ist eine fulminante Adriana, die in der Begegnung mit ihrer Rivalin, der Prinzessin von Bouillon (Marianne Cornetti), zu dramatischer Höchstform aufläuft. Von atemberaubender Spannung ist die Szene, in der sie einschlägige Verse aus Racines „Phèdre“ rezitiert, um ihrer Nebenbuhlerin damit ihre Verachtung zu zeigen. [...] Der von beiden Frauen begehrte Maurizio (Moritz) wird von Marcelo Álvarez gesungen.Sein samtweicher Tenor, der in lyrischen Passagen bezaubert, zeigt in dramatischen Szenen Feuer und Virilität – eine ideale Besetzung für diese Rolle." Jürgen Gahre, Stader Tageblatt, 18.06.2011

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Running Time: 151

Picture Format: 16:9

Disc Format: NTSC

Sound Format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1

Number of Discs: 1

Region: 0

Languages: IT

Subtitle Languages:

GB, DE, FR, ES, JP

Catalogue No.:

101497

UPC: 807280149791

also available: Blu-ray: 101498

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