The opera 'Adriana Lecouvreur' convinces however doesn’t fascinate on its return to the Liceu | Culture | EUROtoday

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After the poisoned loss of life of the protagonist, the composer Francesco Cilea doesn’t end his opera Adriana Lecouvreur with the acquainted forest of dramatic and thunderous dissonances. On the opposite, he opts for an nearly unreal sweetness and the luminous tremolo of the strings with the arpeggios of the harp in pianissimo. This beautiful musical element has impressed one of the vital lovely licenses of David McVicar's manufacturing that returned, final Sunday, June 16, to the stage of the Liceu in Barcelona. The former colleagues of the good actress from the Comédie-Française return to the stage to say goodbye to her.

The Scottish stage director's proposal is an beautiful tribute to the French eighteenth-century scene. The set, designed by Charles Edwards, replicates a picket theater circa 1730 that turns or adjusts in every act to put us behind the scenes (with the bust of Molière indicating the libretto), in one in all its corners, in entrance of the proscenium or in her naked rear. Each setting is supported by lighting by Adam Silverman utilizing candles together with engaging interval costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel. And it additionally highlights a historicist ballet for the third act choreographed by Andrew George.

It is a manufacturing with slight metatheatrical nods that premiered in 2010 on the Royal Opera House in London. It arrived on the Liceu in 2012 as a part of a co-production with the Vienna, Paris and San Francisco Operas. In substitute of Justin Way he has traveled to La Scala in Milan or the Metropolitan in New York. And its reiteration has contributed to a curious present rebirth of Cilea's fundamental opera, which may also be seen at first of the subsequent season on the Teatro Real in Madrid.

The soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and the tenor Freddie De Tommaso during the first act of 'Adriana Lecouvreur', on June 16 at the Liceu in Barcelona.
The soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and the tenor Freddie De Tommaso in the course of the first act of 'Adriana Lecouvreur', on June 16 on the Liceu in Barcelona.Sergi Panizo

But Adriana Lecouvreur It is the mix of a refined rating by Cilea and a poor libretto by Arturo Colautti. An uneven adaptation of Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé's comedy-drama, launched in 1849, in regards to the fictionalized loss of life of the 18th-century French actress, it focuses solely on her sentimentality. Adriana sings of her passionate love for Mauricio, within the first act, she saves the princess of Bouillon who’s her rival, within the second, she confronts her by reciting I can from Racine, within the third, and dies respiratory the poison right into a bouquet of violets, within the fourth.

The plot uneasily combines the world of the theater, of the stage director Michonnet and his 4 actors, and the intrigues of excessive society, which embody the Prince of Bouillon and the Abbe di Chazeuil. And the opera, premiered in 1902, reveals the heritage of the Italian operatic custom, however with nods to French melodrama and a sure Wagnerian orchestral aroma. A title, due to this fact, targeted on voices, however able to combining a steady orchestral circulate dotted with motifs for characters, objects and emotions with completely isolatable vocal numbers.

The vocal forged has been an actual handicap for this return of Adriana Lecouvreur to the Liceu. In latest months, the Barcelona theater has seen three of the 4 leads within the first forged (soprano Sonya Yoncheva, tenor Jonas Kaufmann and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili) canceled for varied causes. In the top, it was essential to have one other soprano, the Polish Aleksandra Kurzak, who has made her debut within the lead function and can sing the primary 4 performances in 5 days. And each the British tenor Freddie De Tommaso and the mezzo-soprano Italian Daniela Barcellona.

The 'mezzo-soprano' Daniela Barcellona in the third act of 'Adriana Lecouvreur', on June 16 at the Liceu in Barcelona.
The 'mezzo-soprano' Daniela Barcellona within the third act of 'Adriana Lecouvreur', on June 16 on the Liceu in Barcelona.Sergi Panizo

Kurzak was the massive winner on opening evening, though her Adriana was removed from the perfect vocal incarnations of Cilea's character. The Polish singer exhibited notable virtuosity in dealing with the quite a few dynamic inflections written within the rating, however her distinctive approach didn’t join with the expressiveness of the character. And we find yourself not getting a glimpse of the girl behind the actress. We see this particularly in her uneven model of Poor flowers, within the fourth act. She sang finest within the well-known I’m the common-or-garden handmaidfrom the primary, though his declamation in Italian of Racine, from the third act, didn’t obtain the anticipated suspense.

De Tommaso was additionally extremely applauded all through the efficiency. But his Maurizio was musically uneven. He demonstrated it by imposing his highly effective stream of voice on the exact dynamic indications written by Cilea, as to start with, in half voice and pianísimo, from his well-known aria from the primary act The sweetest efligy. He improved within the second act with My soul is drained and he had his finest second, within the third, within the martial The Russian Mencikoff, the place he freely confirmed his vocal energy in lengthy phrases. She additionally shone in his duets with Kurzak and Barcellona.

The soprano Aleksandra Kurzak singing 'Poveri fuori', in the fourth act of 'Adriana Lecouvreur', on June 16 at the Liceu in Barcelona.
The soprano Aleksandra Kurzak singing 'Poveri fuori', within the fourth act of 'Adriana Lecouvreur', on June 16 on the Liceu in Barcelona.Sergi Panizo

The mezzo The Italian lady additionally did not elevate the haughty imprecations of the princess of Bouillon, in her aria within the second act. Bitter pleasure. Although Barcellona's quantity and vocality match higher within the bel canto repertoire, she starred alongside Kurzak in among the finest moments of the evening within the tense ultimate scene of the second act. The baritone Ambrogio Maestri assured like Michonnet, exhibiting his stature as a Verdian singer, in Here's the monologue, whereas the surroundings allowed us to see Kurzak representing Roxane, in They plan by Racine.

Among the supporting forged, the tenor Didier Pieri stood out, as Abate di Chazeuil, at the start of the third act. Felipe Bou was a convincing Prince of Bouillon and the identical could be stated of the quartet of actors shaped by Irene Palazón, Anaïs Masllorens, Marc Sala and Carlos Daza. The six of them freshly resolved the troublesome buffo sextet of the primary act. The Choir of the Gran Teatre del Liceu did effectively in its punctual interventions, whereas the Symphony Orchestra sounded orderly and with beautiful solos within the woodwind and the strings, highlighting the elegant interventions of the concertmaster Kai Gleusteen.

Final scene of David McVicar's production with the Comédie-Française actors saying goodbye to Adriana Lecouvreur who has just died, on June 16 in Barcelona.
Final scene of David McVicar's manufacturing with the Comédie-Française actors saying goodbye to Adriana Lecouvreur who has simply died, on June 16 in Barcelona.Sergi Panizo

He satisfied the musical course of the top of the Houston Grand Opera, Patrick Summers, along with his solvency. The American grasp shone extra within the tense scenes of the second act than within the antics of the primary, the place he lacked effervescence. His finest act was the third, with an excellent dealing with of textures and tempos within the ballet. But he didn’t handle to boost the attractive unhappy walker that opens the fourth act, though the sublimation of the protagonist sounded beautiful with that ending stuffed with unreal sweetness and luminosity, seasoned by the reverence of the Comédie-Française actors to the lifeless actress. By the best way, this operate Adriana Lecouvreur was devoted to the reminiscence of one other younger artist who died prematurely: the Belgian soprano Jodie Devos.

‘Adriana Lecouvreur’

Music by Francesco Cilea. Libretto by Arturo Colautti. Aleksandra Kurzak, soprano (Adriana Lecouvreur) Freddie De Tommaso, tenor (Maurizio), Ambrogio Maestri, baritone (Michonnet), Daniela Barcellona, ​​mezzo-soprano (The Princess of Bouillon), Felipe Bou, baritone (Prince of Bouillon), Didier Pieri, tenor (Abate di Chazeuil), Carlos Daza, baritone (Quinault), Marc Sala, tenor (Poisson), Irene Palazón, soprano (Mademoiselle Jouvenot), Anaïs Masllorens, mezzo-soprano (Mademoiselle Dangeville) and Carles Cremades, tenor (A Butler). Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Musical course: Patrick Summers. Stage course: David McVicar. Replacement: Justin Way. Gran Teatre del Liceu, June 16. Until June 29.

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