From December 31, Francesco Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur will be playing, starring soprano Anna Netrebko as the titular character. Set in France in the 1730s, the opera follows the story of actress Adriana Lecouvreur, who is in love with aristocrat Maurizio, Count of Saxony. However, their budding romance is thwarted by his former lover, the Princesse de Bouillon. The opera was inspired by the death of French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur, and premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where it achieved rave reviews. The production is directed by Gianandrea Noseda, and was staged by Sir David McVicar, set in a working replica of a Baroque theater.