Thursday’s Something Else (Cilèa)
Fluff is in the air, sounds like a good time for a dramatic soprano vehicle: Adriana Lecouvreur. Intercepted letters, people who shouldn’t meet crossing paths, rumours, hair pulling and lastly, poisoned violets. Cilèa really liked that menacing tune and we get to hear it again and again: dee-dee-dee… dee-dee-dee… dee-dee-dee. I liked it initially too but it got a bit Captain Obvious. The face-off between Adriana and Princesa de Bouillon was melodrama central. Two birds fighting over pretty boy
Carreras Maurizio. He’s mine! No, he’s mine! I love him more! I love him to distraction! Shouting, hair pulling, theatre within opera, subtext, grand death of diva. Ripped from the 1720s headlines. Except Maurizio wasn’t gonna marry anyone.