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Review: Met Opera’s ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Bristles With Passion and Danger

Jan 01, 2019 - The New York Times

Backstage at the Comédie-Française in the Paris of 1730, the title character of Francesco Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur,” a leading actress with the company, demurs when hailed by a prince and an abbé as a muse, a goddess, a siren.

No, Adriana answers in the short, soaring aria “Io son l’umile ancella.” She is a humble maidservant of the creative spirit who provides the words, the delicate instrument that serves the creator’s hand.

Actually, Cilea created this 1902 ope...