Adriana Lecouvreur

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PreviousMarch 2021

Angela Gheorghiu - Adriana Lecouvreur by operadeparis

In the 18th century, the French language had no greater champion than Adrienne Lecouvreur. Queen among tragic actresses in the eyes of a besotted Voltaire, she liberated the verse of Racine and Corneille from the sing-song style of declamation imposed by the Comédie Française in favour of a moving simplicity of tone. The truthfulness, seasoned with passion, with which she served classical theatre accompanied her into the dangerous territory of romantic liaisons where, in the role of the Count of Saxony’s mistress, she was seized with jealousy towards the Duchess of Bouillon. She died mysteriously at the age of thirty-eight and legend has it that a poisoned bouquet, a gift from her rival, stopped the breath of this ill-fated Melpomene. The myth lived on well into the 19th century thanks to the play by Eugène Scribe, and Francesco Cilea’s operatic adaptation set the seal on it. The Calabrian heir to Italian romanticism gave musical verismo one of its most poignant melodramas, in the tradition of Mascagni, Leoncavallo and Giordano. Combining historical fact and tragic realism, Adriana Lecouvreurhas never ceased, since its first performance, to evoke the noblest sentiments of real life within the illusory world of theatre.
Angela Gheorghiu at last sings in Paris one of her most cherished heroines.

Program and cast

Paris Opera - Opéra Bastille

Opéra Bastille
A great modern theatre
The Opéra Bastille is the work of the Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, who was chosen in November 1983 after an international competition that attracted entries from some 1,700 architects. The theatre was inaugurated on July 13th 1989.
Its architecture is marked by transparent façades and by the use of identical materials for both the interiors and the exteriors.
With its 2,700 acoustically consistent seats, its unique stage facilities, its integrated scenery, costume and accessory workshops, as well as its numerous work areas and rehearsal rooms, the Opera Bastille is a great modern theatre.
Stage facilities

Orchestra pit, mobile and adjustable, can be covered; at its largest it can house 130 musicians
Main stage, 45 m high, 30 m wide, 25 m deep, made up of 9 elevators allowing several levels to be created and supported by three main elevators, which bring scenery up from below stage
Clearing zones, 4 storage areas with the same dimensions as the stage
Backstage area, with its scenery turntable
Circulation area, scenery temporarily stored between the stage, workshops and rehearsal stage
Rehearsal stage, the Salle Gounod, with its orchestra pit and dimensions identical to those of the main stage


The building

Area at ground level: 22,000 m²
Floor area: 160,000 m²
Total height: 80 m (including 30 m below street level)


The auditoriums
The main auditorium

Area: 1,200 m², 5% of the total for the building
Dimensions: 20 m high, 32 m deep, 40 m wide
Number of seats: 2,703
Materials: blue granite from Lannelin in Brittany, pearwood from China, glass ceiling


The amphitheatre

Area: 700 m²
Depth : 21.4 m
Number of seats : 450
Materials: white breccia marble from Verona, staff ceiling


The Studio

Area: 280 m²
Depth: 19,5 m
Number of seats: 237
Materials: white breccia marble from Verona and pearwood


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