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2023

February

Mon
20 Feb 2023

Wed
22 Feb 2023

Sat
25 Feb 2023

Tue
28 Feb 2023

March

Thu
02 Mar 2023

Sat
04 Mar 2023

Tue
07 Mar 2023
Venue

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney

Language

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours, including two intervals.

Mystery, intrigue, murder? Lovers’ liaisons don’t come any more dangerous than this.

She’s a superstar. Adored by all. She can have any man she chooses. Or can she?

Based on a true story, Adriana Lecouvreur is renowned as “the operatic equivalent of Sunset Boulevard” (The Guardian). Ermonela Jaho, “the world’s most acclaimed soprano” (The Economist), blazes in a role that calls for a pure diva.

This is a tryst with a twist. A tumultuous real life entanglement is a love triangle ripe for operatic excess: the stellar actress, her aristocrat admirer, and his jealous ex who just happens to be Adriana’s greatest rival. Lashings of secrets, pungent violets, and composer Francesco Ciléa’s seductive score make this a high verismo drama.

From Montserrat Caballé and Joan Sutherland to Anna Netrebko, prima donnas of every era have aspired to sing Adriana. Ermonela’s voice of a ‘fiery angel’ meets its match in Carmen Topciu’s smouldering mezzo as the Princess.

Tensions between the two simmer then explode over the attention of Count Maurizio, played by opera’s “high-flying leading man” (Vanity Fair), Michael Fabiano. Baritone Giorgio Caoduro adds depth to the potent mix as Michonnet, Adriana’s doting stage director.

Opera’s definitive statement on celebrity scandals brims with passion and peril. Inventive Italian director Rosetta Cucchi takes this salacious tale from the repertoire’s shadows to the limelight – where Adriana Lecouvreur rightfully belongs.

A co-production between Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Fundación Ópera de Oviedo and Opera Australia.

Cast & Creative

Conductor
Director
Rosetta Cucchi
Set Designer
Tiziano Santi
Costume Designer
Claudia Pernigotti
Lighting Designer
Daniele Naldi
Choreographer
Luisa Baldinetti
Videomaker
Roberto Recchia
Adriana
The Principessa
Maurizio
Michonnet
The Abbé
The Prince
Quinault
Poisson
Mlle Jouvenot
Mlle Dangeville
Major-Domo

Opera Australia Orchestra
Opera Australia Chorus

Adriana Lecouvreur at Teatro Communale di Bologna (2021)

Photographer: Andrea Ranzi

Adriana Lecouvreur at Teatro Communale di Bologna (2021)

Photographer: Andrea Ranzi

Adriana Lecouvreur at Teatro Communale di Bologna (2021)

Photographer: Andrea Ranzi

Adriana Lecouvreur at Teatro Communale di Bologna (2021)

Photographer: Andrea Ranzi

Adriana Lecouvreur at Teatro Communale di Bologna (2021)

Photographer: Andrea Ranzi

Adriana Lecouvreur at Teatro Communale di Bologna (2021)

Photographer: Andrea Ranzi

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