Adriana Lecouvreur - Opéra national de Paris (2015) - Adriana Lecouvreur - Opéra national de Paris (2015)

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New production, coproduction with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Teatre del Liceu, the Wiener Staatsoper and the San Francisco Opera.

In the 18th century, the French language had no greater champion than Adrienne Lecouvreur. Queen among tragic actresses in the eyes of a besotted Voltaire, she liberated the verse of Racine and Corneille from the sing-song style of declamation imposed by the Comédie Française in favour of a moving simplicity of tone. The truthfulness, seasoned with passion, with which she served classical theatre accompanied her into the dangerous territory of romantic liaisons where, in the role of the Count of Saxony’s mistress, she was seized with jealousy towards the Duchess of Bouillon. She died mysteriously at the age of thirty-eight and legend has it that a poisoned bouquet, a gift from her rival, stopped the breath of this ill-fated Melpomene. The myth lived on well into the 19th century thanks to the play by Eugène Scribe, and Francesco Cilea’s operatic adaptation set the seal on it. The Calabrian heir to Italian romanticism gave musical verismo one of its most poignant melodramas, in the tradition of Mascagni, Leoncavallo and Giordano. Combining historical fact and tragic realism, Adriana Lecouvreurhas never ceased, since its first performance, to evoke the noblest sentiments of real life within the illusory world of theatre.
Angela Gheorghiu at last sings in Paris one of her most cherished heroines. 

More information is available on the operahouse's official website.


June 23, 2015 19:30:00

June 26, 2015 19:30:00

June 29, 2015 19:30:00

July 03, 2015 19:30:00

July 05, 2015 19:30:00

July 09, 2015 19:30:00

July 12, 2015 14:30:00

July 15, 2015 19:30:00


David McVicar

Daniel Oren

Marcelo Álvarez

Wojtek Smilek

Raúl Giménez

Alessandro Corbelli

Alexandre Duhamel

Carlo Bosi

Angela Gheorghiu

Svetla Vassileva

Luciana D'Intino

Mariangela Sicilia

Carol Garcia

Work's characters list




Il Principe di Bouillon

L'Abate di Chazeuil




Adriana Lecouvreur

Adriana Lecouvreur

La Principessa di Bouillon

Madamigella Jouvenot

Madamigella Dangeville