Cilea: Acerba Volutta (Adriana Lecouvreur). Play. Play Pause Seek 0% buffered Current time Toggle Mute Volume Toggle Fullscreen. Secondary. Acerba voluttà from Adriana Lecouvreur. About the Work. Francesco Cilea Composer: Francesco Cilea. Past Performances. A Tribute to the Grace Bumbry.

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They have obtained the letter from Duclos, in which she requests a meeting with Maurizio later that evening at the Prince’s villa in fact, she acts as proxy for Princess de Bouillon who is in love with Maurizio and at the same time is involved in some political matters with him. Adriana is consumed with anger and jealousy. Members of the theatre company come to visit her, bringing her presents on her name day and trying to persuade her to return to the theatre.

It had a run of only three performances that season, however, due in large part to Caruso’s ill-health. During the intermezzo that follows, the house is darkened, which Adriana uses to tell the Princess she can escape. Maurizio Maurice de SaxeCount of Saxony.

Acerba voluttà from Adriana Lecouvreur

In growing recognition that they are rivals for Maurizio’s affection, the Princess and Adriana challenge each other.

Michonnet is waiting for Adriana’s awakening. Maurizio has been imprisoned for debt, whilst the Princess is desperate to discover the identity of her rival. Adriana enters and learns Maurizio’s true identity. At a reception given by the Prince and Princess, guests note the arrival of Michonnet and Adriana.


It was first performed on 6 November at the Teatro Lirico in Milan. However, the two women are mutually suspicious and the rescue attempt turns into a blazing quarrel before the Princess finally leaves. Maurizio realizes they think he is with Duclos.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. When the Princess announces that Maurizio has been wounded in a duel, Adriana faints. Adriana looks at the note and immediately feels unwell.

However, soon afterwards, when Maurizio enters uninjured, Adriana is ecstatic. Maurizio presents them to her. Adriana trusts him and agrees to help. He sings of his war exploits, ‘Il russo Mencikoff’. They agree to meet after the performance. He tells Adriana the assignation was political. Maurizio, a soldier in the service of the Count of Saxony, she being unaware that Maurizio is in reality the count himself.

Although caerba guesses he has a lover, he won’t reveal her name. For the film, see Adriana Lecouvreur film. Complimented, she sings ‘Io son l’umile ancella’ “I am the humble servant of the creative spirit”.

Preparing for a performance, the company bustle around Michonnet, the stage manager. Maurizio enters and declares his love for Adriana, ‘La dolcissima effigie’. Adriana learns that the bracelet Michonnet found belongs to the Princess.


Duclos’s letter comes to Maurizio, who then cancels his appointment with Adriana. Michonnet and Maurizio realize that she has been poisoned by the Princess.

She kisses the flowers, ‘Poveri fiori’, and throws them in the fire. A ballet is performed: Adriana uses the final lines of the text to make a headstrong attack on the Princess, who determines to have her revenge. She looks in the box and takes out the faded violets that she had once given Maurizio in the theatre. After Cilea created his own Adrianahowever, none of those by others were performed anymore and they remain largely unknown today.


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The title role in Adriana Lecouvreur has always been a favorite of sopranos with large voices, which tend to sit less at the very top of their range.

Adriana Lecouvreur Adrienne Lecouvreura famous actress. Aleardo Villa — Adriana Lecouvreur. The Prince hears that Duclos is writing a letter, and arranges for its interception. L’arlesiana Adriana Lecouvreur Gloria The stage manager Michonnet notices that the Princess has dropped a bracelet, which he gives to Adriana. The Princess thinks she recognizes the latter’s voice.

A casket is delivered with a note from Maurizio. Retrieved 18 January However, Adriana explains she has a lover: The Prince, who has an interest in chemistry, is storing a powerful poison that the government has asked him to analyze.

The opera was not performed again at the Met until a new production was mounted in The first was an opera in three acts by Tommaso Benvenuti premiered in Milan in The opera is based on the life of the French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur — Views Read Edit View history.