Adriana Lecouvreur - Opéra de Nice

Though I can’t comment on regular orchestral standards at this adress, it was clear that Böer was drawing an exceptional performance from the players – and local reviews raved about him transcending the levels normally heard here. By any standards, he drew a wonderful account of the score that had theatrical bustke from the start and also caught the sadness and wilted quality inherent in the music. His generous, flowing gestures gave him strong control of the cast and orchestra, and room for flexibility in a score that is more subtly woven than the typical verismo products of Cilea’s contemporaries. He exploited all the music’s colours and encouraged the orchestra to relish the full-toned possibilities of the Judgement of Paris divertissement.

John Allison, Opera, June 2014


L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice was under the excellent leadership of conductor Roland Böer, who really did justice to the brilliant score of Francesco Cilea.  

Channel Riviera, 17 March 2014

The very Germanic conducting style of Roland Böer really comes into its own here: a passionate exactitude both in the total accuracy of the performance of Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and the implacable entrances and accompaniment of the actors on the stage. The maestro laudably maintains the pace of the drama, with never any feeling of lassitude or impression of slowness. The only disadvantage in this praiseworthy performance was that this driving forward of the orchestra, similar at times to the style of Leonard Bernstein, deprived the audience of an opportunity to display their enthusiasm with spontaneous applause after certain arias.  

Jean-Luc Vannier, 16 March 2014

The Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice was in dazzling form and played as never before: transcended and transcendent. The sound emanating from the orchestra pit was simply amazing. The German conductor, Roland Böer, lyrical, elegant, never insistent, attentive to the voices, can be proud of his work. 

Christian Colombeau, March 23 2014  (Article also appears in Anaclase, la musique au jour le jour.)

A great thrill, a tear in the corner of the eye, choked with emotion….recent performances of Adrienne Lecouvreur (Cilea) at the Opéra de Nice realised all the hopes of opera devotees, who are constantly searching for strong sensations that only this medium can procure. The great artisan of this exceptional success is called Roland Böer. The young maestro, chosen by the musicians of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, gave an in-depth performance, exploring every detail of this masterpiece of verismo, including every nuance and providing a rich, flowing and colourful orchestral accompaniment to the beautiful voices on stage.


„Adriana Lecouvreur“ should be showered with praise. Roland Böer’s conducting is excellent.

André Peyregne, Nice Matin, 18 March 2014

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