Of the four productions of Adriana Lecouvreur(Sutherland's, Freni's, Caballe's and this one), my favourite is the 1976 performance with Caballe and Carreras. This Adriana is still outstanding. The opera itself is one of my personal favourites of all the Verismo operas(Andrea Chenier is another), especially for the gorgeous heartfelt music.
This 2000 production certainly looks lavish, the costumes have lots of colour and the sets are very opulent. This is enhanced by some excellent video directing and fine quality.
When it comes to the music and how it is performed, it is near faultless to me. I love Cilea's music and hearing it performed with such heart by such a lush-sounding orchestra and conducted so assuredly was just a delight for me. The story is still moving as it should be too.
The singing while taking some time to warm up is very good. The weakest was Sergei Larin's Maurizio, great singing, stolid acting. Ernesto Gavazzi gives his usual strong performance, and Daniela Dessi in the title role gives an interpretation that is very deeply felt.
Vocally, the most assured is Carlo Guelfi as Michonnet, but as a whole performance the standout was Olga Borodina's vocally warm and powerfully acted princess.
In conclusion, outstanding, visually and musically beautiful and very moving. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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