Angela Gheorghiu and Hrachuhi Bassenz star in the first revival of David McVicar's sumptuous production of Cilea's tragic opera.
The actress Adriana Lecouvreur is adored by many - including stage manager Michonnet - but she loves Maurizio, Count of Saxony. He is entranced by Adriana, and desperately tries to extricate himself from his former lover, the Princesse de Bouillon.
Adriana suspects Maurizio still loves the Princess; meanwhile, the Princess grows increasingly sure that Maurizio has left her for another. When she discovers her rival to be Adriana, she poisons the actress. Adriana dies in Maurizio's arms.