Adriana Lecouvreur
Adriana Lecouvreur

Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea, an opera of four acts, was first performed on 6th November 1902 in Milan. The veristic style of the composer, and the complex story of love and jealousy make this a masterful, yet very convoluted work. Adriana Lecouvreur loves the Count of Saxony, who returns her love – but dies as a result of a bouquet of ...

Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea, an opera of four acts, was first performed on 6th November 1902 in Milan. The veristic style of the composer, and the complex story of love and jealousy make this a masterful, yet very convoluted work. Adriana Lecouvreur loves the Count of Saxony, who returns her love – but dies as a result of a bouquet of poisoned flowers sent her by her rival. Cilea and his librettist Arturo Colautti skilfully interweave a story set in the world of the theatre with the historical reality. The title character and her lover lived in the 18th century, and she was a leading actress of her time. Fiction and history thus form a densely knit whole elaborately enriched by the music of Cilea.

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