Metropolitan Opera: Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur

Airs Saturday, January 12, 209, at 12 noon. The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with soprano Anna Netrebko starring in the title role of Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, as the passionate leading lady of the 18th-century French theater. Netrebko brought the role to the Met for the first time at a gala performance on New Year’s Eve, when the Met’s new production premiered. Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili also stars as Adriana’s fiercely jealous rival, the Princess of Bouillon, and tenor Piotr Beczała is the politically ambitious Maurizio, the object of both women’s affections. Baritone Ambrogio Maestri is the theater director Michonnet, and rounding out the cast are tenor Carlo Bosi as the Abbé and bass-baritone Maurizio Muraro as the Prince of Bouillon. Maestro Gianandrea Noseda returns to the Met to conduct Cilea’s elegant score. Sir David McVicar’s production is the work’s first new staging at the Met in more than 50 years. Adriana Lecouvreur will be heard live over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, January 12