Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' from the Royal Opera House
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Join us on Saturday at 1 pm for director David McVicar's production of Giordano’s Andrea Chenier from Covent Garden.
This lyric opera was named after and inspired by the story of the real-life Romantic poet who was guillotined just three days before Robespierre's fall from glory, and who was executed in the same method.
Andrea Chénier (played by tenor Jonas Kaufmann), and the servant Carlo Gérard (baritone Zeljko Lucic) both share deep feelings of love for the aristocratic young lady, Maddalena (soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek). When she loses everything in the revolution, both Chenier and Gerard, who has now become an influential official, offer her their protection.
A prime example of the vermiso style of Italian opera, Andrea Chenier takes the viewer on the journey through 18th century France - from the glamour of the monarchy to the violence of the Reign of Terror. The Italian-language opera was built around the tenor leading role of Chenier, and provides a surefire vehicle for Kaufmann, the popular tenor whose work encompasses Italian and Wagnerian repertoire.
Director: David Mc Vicar
Andrea Chenier: Jonas Kaufmann
Carlo Gerard: Zeljko Lucic
Maddalena de Coigny: Eva- Maria Westbroek
Bersi: Denyce Graves
Contessa de Coigny: Rosalind Plowright