ARTS & LEISURE

Timisoara Opera ends season under the baton of Italian conductor

“Adriana Lecovre­coeur” – the tragical story of a French actress.

A mysterious assassination which inspired a famous opera, this is the moving tale closing the 2010-2011 opera season at the National Romanian Opera in Timisoara. “Adriana Lecovre­coeur”, on Francesco Cilea’s musical score and a libretto by Arturo Colautti, under the musical direction of Italian conductor David Crescenzi, the latest production of the Timisoara Opera House, will be presented to music-lovers, with the original (premiere) cast, on Sunday, June 19, starting 7pm.

The French actress Adrienne Lecovrecoeur died, aged 37, poisoned, according to some reports, by a love rival. The tragedy, which occurred in 1730, caused quite a stir at the time. The real-life story inspired the Italian composer Francesco Cilea (1866-1950) to write his splendid opera.

The Italian director Mario de Carlo, who signed several successful performances on the stage of the Timisoara Opera, directed the show, as well as designing the stage set and costumes for the new production. He will use, as an experiment for this show, an innovative type of stage set material, which has been in use for only a few years in some European theatres and whose qualities make it both appealing and challenging, as panels made of it can be perfectly transparent or can reflect the light, like a mirror. The entire lighting system is new and similar to that used in the greatest opera houses on the continent.

The title role, Adriana Lecovrecoeur, is performed by soprano Carmen Gurban. The cast also includes the soloists Octavian Vlaicu, Cristian Balasescu, Dan Pataca, Iulian Ioan Iosip, Adrian Boba, Marius Zaharia, Crina Vezentan and Ramona Zaharia. The show will be performed entirely in Italian, with Romanian subtitles.

The opera “Adriana Le­co­vre­coeur”, composed by Francesco Cilea, on a libretto by Arturo Colautti, had its world premiere on November 6, 1902, at the Lyrical Theatre in Milan.

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