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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It was first performed on 6 November at the Teatro Lirico in Milan. The first was an opera in three acsrba by Tommaso Benvenuti premiered in Milan in After Cilea created his own Adrianahowever, none voluyta those by others were performed anymore and they remain largely unknown today. The opera is based on the life of the French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur — While there are some actual historical figures in the opera, the episode it recounts is largely fictional; its death-by-poisoned-violets plot device is often signalled as verismo opera’s least realistic.

It had a run of only three performances that season, however, due in large part to Caruso’s ill-health. The opera was not performed again at the Met until a new production was mounted in He sang again in Adriana Lecouvreur in February 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.

This part has a relatively low tessituragoing no higher than A5, but aacerba great vocal power, and is a meaty and challenging one to tackle on a dramatic level — especially during the work’s so-called “Recitation” and death scene.

Acwrba for a performance, the company bustle around Michonnet, the stage manager.

Complimented, she sings ‘Io son l’umile ancella’ “I am the humble servant of the creative spirit”. The Prince hears that Duclos is writing a letter, and arranges for its interception. Left alone with Adriana, Michonnet wants to express his love for her. However, Adriana explains she has a lover: Maurizio, a soldier in the service of the Count of Saxony, she being unaware that Maurizio is in reality the count himself.

Maurizio enters and declares his love for Adriana, ‘La dolcissima effigie’. They voljtta to meet after the performance. Adriana gives him some violets to put in his buttonhole. 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. The Prince decides to arrange a party for the company at the villa in order to expose Duclos and Maurizio.

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Duclos’s letter comes to Maurizio, who then cancels his appointment with Averba. After receiving his notification on stage, she agrees to join the Prince’s party, in hope to meet the count and talk to him about Maurizio’s promotion. The Princess de Bouillon, not the actress Duclos, is waiting for Maurizio and expresses her love for him: When he enters, she sees the violets and asks how he came by them. Maurizio presents them to her.

Acerba voluttà from Adriana Lecouvreur

Nevertheless, despite being grateful for her help at court, he admits he no longer loves her. Although she guesses he has a lover, he won’t reveal her name. Maurizio realizes they think he is with Duclos.

Adriana enters and learns Maurizio’s true identity. He tells Adriana the assignation was political. They must arrange the escape of the woman who is in hiding. Adriana trusts him and agrees to help. During the intermezzo volutta follows, the house is darkened, which Adriana uses to tell the Princess she can escape.

However, the two women are mutually suspicious and the rescue attempt turns into a blazing quarrel before the Princess finally leaves.

The stage manager Michonnet notices that the Princess has dropped a bracelet, which he gives to Adriana. Maurizio has been imprisoned for debt, whilst the Acreba is desperate to discover the identity of her rival. Scerba Prince, who has an interest in chemistry, is storing a powerful poison that the government has asked him to analyze.

At a reception given by the Prince and Princess, guests note the arrival of Michonnet and Adriana.

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The Princess thinks she recognizes the latter’s voice. When the Princess announces that Maurizio has voluttw wounded in a duel, Adriana faints. However, soon afterwards, when Maurizio enters uninjured, Adriana is ecstatic. He sings of his war exploits, ‘Il russo Mencikoff’. A ballet is performed: Adriana learns that the bracelet Michonnet found belongs to the Princess. In growing recognition that they are rivals for Maurizio’s affection, the Princess and Adriana challenge each other.


Adriana uses the final lines of the text to make a headstrong attack on the Princess, who determines to have her revenge. Michonnet is waiting for Adriana’s awakening.

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. Michonnet has retrieved a diamond necklace, previously pawned by Adriana to help Maurizio pay off his debts. A casket is delivered with a note from Maurizio. Adriana looks at the note and immediately feels unwell. She looks in the box and takes out the faded violets that she had once given Maurizio in the theatre.


She is hurt that he should send them back to her. She kisses the flowers, ‘Poveri fiori’, and throws them in the fire. He wishes to marry her. Although they embrace, he realises she is shaking. Maurizio tells her that he didn’t send the flowers. Michonnet and Maurizio realize that she has been poisoned by the Princess.

For a moment, she becomes lucid again, ‘ecco la luce’, but then dies. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the film, see Adriana Lecouvreur film. Retrieved 18 January L’arlesiana Adriana Lecouvreur Gloria Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history.

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