in Salzburg, an "Adriana Lecouvreur" without Anna Netrebko

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Pale pale the night of the second performance of the masterpiece of Cilea, the Russian diva is replaced at short notice by the talented Chinese soprano Hui He.

By Marie-Aude Roux Posted today at 08:00

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Chinese soprano Hui He in "Adriana Lecouvreur" on July 31 in Salzburg.
Chinese soprano Hui He in "Adriana Lecouvreur" on July 31 in Salzburg. Marco Borrelli

It is a volley of protests and boos that welcomed this July 31 announcement of the defection of Anna Netrebko, in the title role ofAdriana Lecouvreur, of Cilea, scheduled for three dates in concert version by the Salzburg Festival. If we are to believe the lucky ones of July 28, and especially the retransmission in the movie theaters of the Pathé Live network of the gala of December 31, 2018 at the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Russian diva is at the top of her art in a role that she embodies the city as the stage, that of an artist adulated for his genius and glamor. Unfortunate Salzburger, but lucky Parisians who will hear, unless canceled, the Netrebko in the recovery ofAdriana Lecouvreur Directed by David McVicar at the Paris Opera from April 27 to May 12, 2020.

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The Chinese soprano Hui He left hurriedly the rehearsals ofAida, of Verdi, at the Arena of Verona (where she sings, it is true, only on August 31) to come to embody the tragic destiny of the famous actress of the Comedie-Francaise, Adrienne Lecouvreur, born in 1692 and died in 1730, who triumphed in the major roles of his time, notably that of Bérénice. His love affair with Maurice de Saxe, the winner of Fontenoy, and the terrible rivalry with the Princess de Bouillon, are historical facts, even if Cilea forces the line to make this jealous woman a murderer patented by bouquet of violets poisoned interposed .

Object of the female desire

Hui He just sang the role in March-April in Verona. The public will welcome the arrival a little left of this small silhouette, holding with one hand his long dress green water, on the other a large score. A perilous situation to make its debut in Salzburg as this concert form stripped of staging. But the Chinese has the confidence, a warm and powerful voice and a beautiful technique. At most, some glances towards the conductor will mark some need for insurance. She will, in a long scene of agony and reunion with her lover, die with expression, clinging to the pulpit, before settling gracefully on two chairs.

The lucky Parisians will hear the Netrebko in the resumption ofAdriana Lecouvreur Directed by David McVicar at the Paris Opera, April 27 to May 12, 2020

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