Andrea Chénier 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. Taking the starring role of Chénier, with its three marvellous arias, is Jonas Kaufmann. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the role of Chénier’s beloved Maddalena and baritone Željko Lučić stars as Carlo Gérard – the servant-turned-revolutionary who is Chénier’s rival for the love of Maddalena. David McVicar brings Giordano’s thrilling historical drama back to the Royal Opera House for the first time since 1985 in a stunning production.
Andrea Chénier: Jonas Kaufmann Maddalena di Coigny: Eva-Maria Westbroek Carlo Gérard: Željko Lučić Bersi: Denyce Graves Contessa de Coigny: Rosalind Plowright Roucher: Roland Wood Incredibile: Carlo Bosi
Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Antonio Pappano Composer: Umberto Giordano Director: David McVicar Set designer: Robert Jones Costume designer: Jenny Tiramani Lighting designer: Adam Silverman Movement: Andrew George
Special Features: Introduction to Andrea Chénier; Bringing the French Revolution to life: designing Andrea Chénier; Vocal Masterclass with Antonio Pappano Picture: 16:9, 1080p Sound: LPCM 24-bit stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Format: Blu-ray Regions: All Regions Running time: 112 mins Subtitles: EN/GE/IT/SP/FR Year: 2015
"Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether political or erotic, hit home with terrific immediacy." The Guardian
"when Kaufmann launches into his opening aria it’s as though the sun has come out: with his convincingly heroic presence, and the sheer beauty of his singing, he simply brings the house down." The Independent
"Jonas Kaufmann's dark tenor smoulders in this opulent, unashamedly old-fashioned production." Financial Times