Being the 14th reviewer to date of this production, I don't wish to repeat the views and reviews of the others, many of whom I respect a lot. Secondly, this is MY first complete hearing of this Opera, which I think makes me incompetent to review the production except for the obvious pluses, ie, the sets, costumes, stagecraft and the sound. Even these have been dealt with very competently by others here.
SO WHAT IS NEW THAT CAN BE BROUGHT FORTH ABOUT THIS?
I have been watching operas on the video since 1982, being very fond and familiar with arias from most of the top 100 operas till then. Somehow, I always avoided this particular Opera by Cilea for the simple reason that the world was not going ga-ga over Adriana the way they were patronizing more than a 100 others ranging from operas of Mozart to Rossini to Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky and Wagner with a few baroque composers thrown in between.
Somehow, the media hype of those days for the new medium of video always concentrated on these 'frequently performed on stage' operas. In spite of being familiar with an aria from Adriana, I was almost sure that Cilea was at the most a second rate Verdi or a wannabe Puccini.
HOW PLEASANTLY WRONG I WAS...
Even at the first viewing/hearing of this Opera, I was struck by the uniqueness of Cilea's music and approach to the whole work. He is second-rate nobody. He is first rate Cilea and the joy of discovering this work has still not rubbed off. To make matters better, this is one of the cheaper blu rays available, thankfully, one of the reasons I thought I would give it a try.
I think a reader of this who is new to this work should take my cue and watch. Cheers...