"Bristles with passion and danger!" — New York Times
Broadcast Live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great 18th-century actress in love with the military hero Maurizio, sung by Piotr Beczala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea's tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater. The cast also features Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess of Bouillon, Adriana's rival for Maurizio's affections; Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet, Adriana's faithful friend; and Carlo Bosi as the duplicitous Abbé.
4 hrs with 2 intermissions.
"In the final scene, when Adriana sings the aria “Poveri fiori,” Ms. Netrebko was magnificent. She cradles dying violets, a token of love she had given Maurizio, which she mistakenly thinks he has returned as a sign of rejection. In fact the princess has sent them, laced with poison. The implausible elements of the situation disappeared as Ms. Netrebko made this music, and this moment, seem an inspired creation." - New York Times