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An Eloquent Performance

'Adriana Lecouvreur' -
reviewed by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... a chorus and orchestra beautifully responsive to the lyrical nuances of Cilea's score.'

Francesco Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur. Opera Australia. © 2006 Opus Arte

Shots from above and below of the soaring Sydney opera house dominate the start of this Opus Arte DVD, with background Adriana motifs as harbinger of delights to come. Time was when Australian singers flocked to London and became mainstays of the Covent Garden and Coliseum casts. A main pleasure of mine, years ago in 1972, was to conduct an all-Australian team in a concert performance of Fidelio. A joy to work with, they seemed a permanent fixture on the London scene until Sydney flung open its arms. Then, with one accord, they fled. Our loss is all too obvious from this admirable performance of an opera seen here far too seldom.

Sydney Opera House from the air, as shown at the start of 'Adriana Lecouvreur'. DVD screenshot © Opus Arte
Sydney Opera House from the air, as shown at the start of 'Adriana Lecouvreur'. DVD screenshot © Opus Arte

 

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Copyright © 19 April 2006 Robert Anderson, London UK

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