Friday, June 01, 2012

Adriana Lecouvreur

I have enjoyed very much the DVD of Francesco Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur with Angela Gheorghiu in the title role, Jonas Kaufmann as lover everyone wants (this is nothing new) and Olga Borodina as Princess de Bouillon, the woman rejected in favor of Adriana.  The cast includes Alessandro Corbelli as Michonnet.  This is the first time I have seen him in a serious opera.

One is attracted to but not overwhelmed by Adriana.  The music is lush and the singing gorgeous.  But the Princess is a stupid woman who thinks her lover will return to her if she just gets rid of her rival.  If you like this cast and this opera, this is an excellent version.  If you like conservative productions, you will be extremely happy with this.

1 comment:

Janet Stockley said...

I have really enjoyed this opera mainly for the casting and the music. I find that it stays with me forever. My only query would be that I think that the 'ballet' in Act 2 is totally unneccesary and tends to hold the opera up.Jonas Kaufmann and Angela are so well cast together and very believable.