Adriana Lecouvreur

by Francesco Cilèa

March 3rd, 2019


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. Cilèa’s operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.


Adriana Lecouvreur ———————- Elizabeth Wells (Soprano)

Maurizio, Count of Saxony ——————— David Gustafson (Tenor)

Principessa de Bouillon ———————- Korby Myrick (Mezzo-soprano)

Principe de Bouillon ———————– Robin White (Baritone)

L’Abate Di Chazeuil ———————- Jeff Myrmo (Tenor)

Michonnet ———————- Reynaldo Romo (Baritone)

Mlle Jouvenot ——————— Kate Scally-Howell

Mlle Dangeville ———————– Diana Peralta (Mezzo-soprano)

Quinault ———————– Mark Jarvis (Baritone)