‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Preview: Anna Netrebko Makes Long-Awaited Debut as ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’

By Francisco Salazar

On June 18, 2017, Anna Netrebko returns to the Mariinsky Theater for her long-awaited debut in the title role of Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur.”

Over the past few years, the soprano has performed Adriana’s opening aria repeatedly and even featured it on her Grammy-nominated album, “Verismo.”

The role debut will mark Netrebko’s fourth verismo role following forays into Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” and “La Bohème” in the roles of Mimì and Musetta.

The debut will also reunite Netrebko with her mentor, the celebrated conductor Valery Gergiev, with whom she has recorded and performed numerous times.

The cast will also include tenor Yusif Eyvazov and Ekaterinburg Semenchuck in a new production by Isabelle Partiot-Pieri.

The opera will appear in only two performances on June 18 and 21 as part of the Mariinsky’s iconic Stars of the White Nights Festival. This near two-month cultural celebration celebrates its 25th season.

The production is slated to be revived at the Baden-Baden Festival. Netrebko is also scheduled to perform “Adriana Lecouvreur” at the Vienna State Opera in September and at the Metropolitan Opera in a later season.