‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Live from the Met at Guild Hall

New production of Francesco Cilia's opera to be simulcast on Saturday

“Adriana Lecouvreur,” an opera in four acts by Francesco Cilea with an Italian libretto by Arturo Colautti, is next up in the Met: Live in HD series at Guild Hall on Saturday at 1 p.m. Based on the 1849 play “Adrienne Lecouvreur” by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé, it was first performed in Milan in 1902.

Set in Paris in 1730, the opera combines emotionalism and lyricism with historical spectacle. The story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of the title character, a famous French actress, and her lover, Maurizio, the Count of Saxony. The new production by David McVicar, set in a working replica of a Baroque theater, stars Anna Netrebko, a soprano, in the title role and Piotr Beczala, tenor, as Maurizio. 

Victoria Bond, a noted composer, conductor, and opera scholar, will discuss “Adriana Lecouvreur” in a pre-opera lecture at noon. Admission to her talk is $30, free for Guild Hall’s opera donors. Tickets to the simulcast are $22, $20 for members, and $15 for students.