234th Season

Mariinsky II (New Theatre)

13 September
2017 | Wednesday
Adriana Lecouvreur
Opera in 4 acts
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"Francesco Cilea "Adriana Lecouvreur" opera in four acts " Opera<BR>
Artists Credits
Music by Francesco Cilea
Maestro Valery Gergiev, Musical Director
Performed in Italian
Premiere of this production: 18 Jun 2017

The performance has 1 intermission
Running time: 3 hours 25 minutes

The death of French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur inspired many plays and operas, of which Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur is the finest and most enduring. The opera would become Cilea’s greatest success, renowned particularly for his heroine’s arias ‘Io son l’umile ancilla’ in Act I and ‘Poveri fiori’ in Act IV – though Cilea’s atmospheric and elegant score offers much more besides, with Maurizio’s aria ‘La dolcissima effigie sorridente’, the Act III ballet and Adriana’s intense spoken recitation at the end of that act particular highlights.


Adriana Lecouvreur is an opera in four acts by Francesco Cilea to an Italian libretto by Arturo Colautti, based on the 1849 play Adrienne Lecouvreur by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé. It was first performed on 6 November 1902 at the Teatro Lirico in Milan.

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