Based-on-true-story drama for Met

Jan 02, 2019
Photo by: Vincent Peters/Met Opera Met fave Anna Netrebko portrays Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur with tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana's lover, Maurizio.

Rockland — The 2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center continues Saturday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. with a simulcast of Francesco Cilea’s “Adriana Lecourveur” at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. An encore broadcast will be presented Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m.

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé and Renata Scotto in taking on — for the first time at the Met — the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and offstage passion. Netrebko is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana's lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Sir David McVicar's staging sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater. Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

“Adriana Lecouvreur” premiered at Teatro Lirico, Milan, in 1902. The opera 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, it is inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier — and lover — Maurice of Saxony. Cilea's operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists; and the title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.

“Adriana Lecouvreur” is sung in Italian, with Met titles in English. It runs just over three and half hours, including two 30-minute intermissions. Tickets are $27; $15 for students younger than 19 and for college students with ID. Tickets are available via rocklandstrand.com or by calling 594-0070. Encore show tickets, available day-of-show, are $23/$5.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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