Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' from the Royal Opera House

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Royal Opera House's 2015 production of Andrea Chenier. (© ROH, 2015. Photograph by Bill Cooper)

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.

CAST

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

Comments [4]

Hendrik Sadi from Yonker, NY

I listened to Jonas Kaufmann's singing performance on Saturday in Andrea Chenier, and again, as I have in the past, found him miscast in a role demanding a lyrical tenor.
Mr. Kaufmann is a dramatic tenor, in my opinion, and should stick to roles suited for his voice.
It is not Giorando's Andrea Chenier.

Aug. 16 2015 09:47 AM
Ted Cerame from Perris, CA

Emerging into maturity we were told time and again that it takes a rare opera house; music director, orchestra, singers and staff to connect with, to convey the intimate musical intentions of a rare composer.

Today The Royal Opera House gave us the Best of the Best.

Aug. 15 2015 04:04 PM
The Marschallin from Manhattan

I never heard of "vermiso style of Italian opera"!!!!

Aug. 15 2015 01:11 PM
Suzanne from New York

DuckDeadeye is correct about the spelling of Jonas Kaufmann's name.
The conductor is Antonio Pappano.

Aug. 15 2015 10:38 AM

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