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Soprano Anna Netrebko sings the title role of a real-life 18th-century French actress in this sumptuous new production set in a Baroque theater.
Saturday live simulcasts are held in Loew Auditorium
Sunday encores are in Spaulding Auditorium
Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts.
Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed … The spectacle guarantees a good night out.” Runtime: 3h33m
NOTES FROM THE METROPOLITAN OPERA
This is an opera lover’s opera. The real-life 18th-century French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur was the celebrity sensation of her day. Onstage, she was both adored and reviled for her emotionally frank, naturalistic method of performing—a shock to the senses for a public accustomed to the staid, mannered styles that had long ruled French theaters. Meanwhile, offstage, scandal was her constant companion. Read the full article