Soprano Anna Netrebko performs as Francesco Cilea’s larger-than-life actress in the HD Live from the Met production of Adriana Lecouvreur. (File photo)

Salmar presents opera lover’s opera, Adriana Lecouvreur, Jan. 12

An opera about opera, about the mad magic of the theatre and the women who star in it

The HD Live from the Met series returns to the Salmar Classic with a showing of Sir David McVicar’s production of Adriana Lecouvreur on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Reigning diva, soprano Anna Netrebko, tackles Francesco Cilea’s larger-than-life actress for the first time at the Met, in an exhilarating new production by Sir David McVicar and conducted by maestro Gianandrea Noseda.

Tenor Piotr Beczala, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri join the soprano.

Francesco Cilea (1866-1950) belonged to the generation of Italian composers that produced such greats as Puccini and Mascagni. Arturo Colautti (1851-1914), a poet, novelist and creator of comedies transformed the play by French dramatist Eugène Scribe (1791-1861) into the libretto; the world premiere was at Teatro Lirico, Milan 1902.

Adriana Lecouvreur is a clever combination of frank emotionalism, flowing melody, and historical spectacle that unfolds in Paris in 1730. The story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur (1692-1730) and the legendary soldier and lover, Maurice, Count of Saxony.

Related: Home from Juilliard, talented Salmon Arm teen ready to perform at his favourite venue

The Met’s first new production of this work in more than half a century embraces Cilea’s glamorous and elegant 18th-century Parisian setting. McVicar says he created a “stage within a stage, and we’re never quite sure who is performing and who is telling the truth.”

Adrienne was the celebrity sensation of her day. Onstage, she was both adored and reviled for her emotionally frank, naturalistic method of performing, while offstage, scandal was her constant companion. When Adrienne died suddenly and mysteriously at age 37, wagging tongues quickly blamed her demise on her imperious rival, the Princess of Bouillon and an unusual weapon.

The score of Adriana Lecouvreur relies on elegance and a skilful weaving of themes rather than symphonic grandeur but generally serves to showcase the talents of singers and has endured as a favourite of charismatic soloists. Lyricism abounds in the solos, particularly in the tenor’s Act I aria “La dolcissima effigie” (I see in you the sweet effigy of my dear mother). The title character’s ravishing Act I aria “lo son l’umile ancella” (I am the humble handmaiden of the creative genius) has become a soprano anthem of sorts.

People often call Adriana Lecouvreur an ‘Opera-lover’s opera.” It is actually an opera about opera, about the mad magic of the theatre and the women who star in it.

Showtime begins at 9:55 a.m.


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Dancing with Shuswap Stars attracts Rust Valley Restorers

TV show stars join quest to hone some fancy footwork

Woman brings mortar round to Shuswap RCMP detachment

Chase officers contact the Canadian Forces to dispose of the suspected explosive device

Sicamous officials optimistic in the face of Waterway Houseboats closure

Mayor and chamber of commerce concerned for staff who lost jobs

Open house to reveal proposed changes to Balmoral intersection on Trans-Canada Highway

The South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce has already provided input to the ministry

Salmon Arm residents learn how to protect properties from wildfire

Removing debris from forest floor can help stop fires from spreading

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

A Kelowna medical research company needs adults with autism spectrum disorder for a study

Three-hundred-fifty patients worldwide will participate in the study

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

RAMA and Migrants Rights Network supporters protest for enhanced labour rights amongst migrant workers

‘I benefit from people who come and do the work that we can’t find other Canadians to do’

Michael McDonald to play in the Okanagan

The five-time Grammy Award winner has sold out Mission Hill Family Estate Winery

Police probe report of shooting as Raptors rally continues

There were reports of a woman being injured at the event that celebrates the team’s NBA title win

Top classic car show cruises back into the South Okanagan

Peach City Beach Cruise runs June 21 to 23 in Penticton

Most Read