Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (complete opera recorded in 2010) BLU-RAY

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Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (complete opera recorded in 2010) BLU-RAY
Royal Opera House / Angela Gheorghiu, Olga Borodina, Jonas Kaufmann / Mark Elder (cond)

[ Decca Music Group Blu-Ray / Blu-ray Disc ]

Release Date: Thursday 5 April 2012

Rated: G - Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993Suitable for General Audiences

"Gheorghiu is an inspired piece of casting for the heroine...There is an excitement about [Kaufmann's] voice and stage presence that is infectious, ...Borodina chews up the scenery, singing with a voice so commanding that it takes you aback...McVicar's production is another treat, this time for the eyes...All told, then, this set is an absolute winner. It even supersedes Levine's Sony CDs as an overall first choice for this opera in any format." (MusicWeb)

Starring Angela Gheorghiu as the celebrated French actress Adriana Lecouvreur and Jonas Kaufmann as her lover Maurizio, Count of Saxony, Cilea's verismo drama explores celebrity, romance, jealousy, and death.

The trio of sublime voices is completed by Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina as Adriana's jealous rival, the Princess de Bouillon.

David McVicar's hit production - the first performance of the opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for more than a century - presents the life of the French actress as a blurring of the distinction between fantasy and reality.

The action revolves around a life-size Baroque Theatre, taking us from the bustle and colour of the first act backstage at the playhouse, to the bare final scenes as the drama reaches its fatal climax.

The DVD & Blu-ray contain bonus footage featuring interviews with the principal artists, Director, Set Designer and Conductor.

"Kaufmann and Gheorghiu radiate sexiness" (Financial Times)

"Gheorghiu is a dream" (The Independent)

". . . [this production], featuring a starry cast and sensitive conducting by Mark Eider, makes the best possible case for this [opera] . . . Certainly any Adriana stands or falls on its prima donna . . . The role of the great French tragedienne is one Angela Gheorghiu was born to play . . . [every] weapon in the verismo arsenal is at her disposal -- vibrant temperament, sharp dramatic instincts, dear diction and throbbing, urgent tone that can be hardened to reflect the emotions of the moment. Adriana, of course, also requires lightness and pure vocal beauty for her two major arias, which Gheorghiu has in abundance." OperaNews