Live Broadcast: Andrea Chenier
A spectacular new production of Umberto Giordano’s opera of liberty and love in the French Revolution.
Director: David McVicar
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Starring: Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Željko Lučić
Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (1896) presents a fictionalized account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. It is the greatest of Giordano’s operas, and shows why Puccini sometimes feared Giordano as a rival.
The poet Andrea Chénier and the servant Carlo Gérard both love the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the French Revolution, Chénier offers her protection, and so incites the envy of Gérard, now a powerful official. Chénier is arrested during the Terror. Gérard, spurred by his jealousy, condemns him. Maddalena makes a desperate appeal, and Gérard tries, too late, to defend Chénier. Gérard helps Maddalena to join Chénier in prison, and the lovers face the guillotine together.
Tickets on sale from 18th December 2014
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