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Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur / Palumbo, Carosi, Alvarez

Cilea / Palumbo / Alvarez / Cornetti / Antoniozzi
Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101497  
Composer:  Francesco Cilča
Performer:  Antonella De ChiaraMarianne CornettiMarcelo AlvarezMicaela Carosi,   ... 
Conductor:  Renato Palumbo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio ChorusTurin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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It is said even Giuseppe Verdi briefly gave consideration to writing an opera based on this whodunit, when Cilea decided to set the material to music in 1899. The opera’s world premiere in Milan in 1902 was a triumph, due in no small measure to a stellar cast of singers that included Enrico Caruso as Maurizio. For a decade the work was performed regularly throughout Europe and America; thereafter it increasingly disappeared from the repertoire. After revisions to the score and plot and the introduction of significant cuts, Adriana Lecouvreur made a successful comeback and established a presence once again on the international stage. The premiere of the defi nitive version took place in Naples in 1930. Since this time the three main roles of Read more Arturo Colautti’s libretto have regularly been filmed by great artists.

In the present stylised production by Lorenzo Mariani, which features reduced décor but magnifi cent rococo costumes, the “violet-perfumed murderess” is taken by mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti, one of the most in-demand representatives of her vocal category. Opposite her, in the role of Adriana, is a soprano who as a Verdi and verismo specialist also appears regularly at all the major international opera houses, Micaela Carosi. The “cock-of-the-walk” role is sung by the world-class tenor Marcelo Álvarez. His timbre, velvety smooth yet robustly virile, is ideally suited to a vocal characterisation of the idolised Maurizio. Conductor Renato Palumbo is very much at home with Cilea’s operatic masterpiece, since the Italian Romantic and verismo periods are at the core of his extensive repertoire.

Francesco Cilea

Adriana Lecouvreur – Micaela Carosi
Maurizio – Marcelo Álvarez
La principessa di Bouillon – Marianne Cornetti
Michonnet – Alfonso Antoniozzi
Il principe di Bouillon – Simone Del Savio
L'abate di Chazeuil – Luca Casalin
Madamigella Jouvenot – Antonella De Chiara
Madamigella Dangeville – Patrizia Porzio
Poisson – Carlo Bosi
Quinault – Diego Matamoros
Un maggiordomo – Giuseppe Milano
Una cameriera – Carola Iannuzzi

Teatro Regio Torino Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: Claudio Fenoglio)
Renato Palumbo, conductor

Lorenzo Mariani, stage director
Nicola Rubertelli, set designer
Luisa Spinatelli, costume designer
Michele Merola, choreography
Claudio Schmid, lighting designer

Recorded live from the Teatro Regio di Torino, 2009.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Running time: 151 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilča
Performer:  Antonella De Chiara (Voice), Marianne Cornetti (Mezzo Soprano), Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor),
Micaela Carosi (Soprano), Alfonso Antoniozzi (Baritone), Luca Casalin (Tenor),
Simone Del Savio (Voice)
Conductor:  Renato Palumbo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus,  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 

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