A stellar cast under the baton of Mark Elder, a new production by David McVicar, and an opera not seen at the Royal Opera House since 1906: Adriana Lecouvreur is one of the major highlights of the Royal Opera Season. Anyone who loves Puccini will find this opera by Francesco Cilea, a contemporary and fellow Italian, just as rich, melodious and romantic. Its title role has long been associated with star sopranos, and is shared here by Angela Gheorghiu and Ángeles Blancas Gulín, who sing opposite Jonas Kaufmann as Maurizio. The story of jealous rivalry in love is set between the worlds of the theatre and the aristocracy, and this production brings the 18th-century atmosphere to life in rich historical detail. Against this backdrop, the fictional version of the life of the real and famous actress Adrienne Lecouvreur is played out to its final and deadly conclusion. With the combination of a wonderful score, world-leading cast and exciting production team, this is an unmissable event indeed.
The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in the London district of Covent Garden. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.
The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1857. The façade, foyer and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The Royal Opera House seats 2,268 people and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade 1 listed building.