Melodic inventiveness and orchestral elegance

“The prestige which covers an actress renders her the most dangerous woman one can imagine”
Louis-Sébastien Mercier, Du Théâtre, ou Nouvel essai sur l’art dramatique (1773) 

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In the 18th century, the French language had no greater ambassador than actress Adrienne Lecouvreur: sovereign of Voltaire’s tragedies, of Racine and Corneille’s verses and of the sung declamation of the Comédie-Française. Her life was short, as she died suddenly at the age of 38. Her love affair with Marshal Maurice de Saxe aroused the jealousy of the Duchess de Bouillon. An accident shrouded in mystery ensued, in which legend has it that a poisoned bouquet, offered by her rival, was the cause of her death. Jealousy, caused by fissures that are impossible to heal, is the powerful vehicle that unleashed this tragedy. The church’s refusal to give her a Christian burial shocked society of the time. 

In the heart of the 19th century, thanks to the theatrical work of Eugène Scribe and Gabriel Legouvé, the myth was adapted into an opera by Francesco Cilèa. Heir to the Italian Romantic tradition, the Calabrian composer offered musical verismo one of its most exciting melodramas, along the lines of the compositions of Mascagni, Leoncavallo and Giordano. 

Combining historical truth and tragic realism, Adriana Lecouvreur has never failed to expose on stage the noblest theatrical illusions along with real-life feelings. First performed in Milan in 1902, it is a favourite of audiences due to its melodic inventiveness and the elegance of the orchestral writing.  

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Adriana Lecouvreur 

OPERA IN FOUR ACTS
Libretto by Arturo Colautti based on Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé’s Adríenne Lecouvreur
World premiere: 6/11/1902 at the Teatro Lirico in Milan
Barcelona premiere: 7/5/1903 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Last Liceu performance: 3/6/2012
Total number of Liceu performances: 41

  • Approximate running time 2h 45min

Artistic profile

Stage director
David McVicar
This version
Justin Way
Set design
Charles Edwards
Choreography
Andrew George
Costume design
Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting
Adam Silverman
Musical director assistant
Sergio Sáez
Musical assistants
Véronique Werklé, Carlos Sanchis Aguirre, David-Huy Nguyen-Phong i Jaume Tribó
Production
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Royal Opera House (Londres), Opéra de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper and San Francisco Opera

Cast

MAURIZIO
16, 19, 22 and 29 June
17, 20 and 26 June
PRÍNCEP DE BOUILLON
THE ABBÉ DE CHAZEUIL
MICHONNET
16, 19, 22, 26 and 29 June
17 and 20 June
QUINAULT
POISSON
A BUTLER
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR
16, 19, 22 and 26 June
17 and 20 June
29 June
PRINCESS DE BOUILLON
16, 19, 22 and 26 June
17, 20 and 29 June
MADEMOISELLE JOUVENOT
MADEMOISELLE DANGEVILLE
Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Pablo Assante, conductor)
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor
Patrick Summers

June 2024

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Liceu chronology

Consult the history of this title through the Annals of the Foundation of the Gran Teatre del Liceu: list of performances, casts, photographs, program booklets, curiosities...
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Lectures

13/06/2024 Thursday | 7pm
CHORUS REHEARSAL ROOM

Lecture by Pol Avinyó, music popularizer, on Cilea's opera Adriana Lecouvreur. Event organized by the Amics del Liceu Association.

To register for this activity, you must get in touch with the Association: 93 317 73 78 – natalia@amicsliceu.com

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