22 January 2015 at 3.30pm | 2 Comments
Ahead of the screening, download our Andrea Chénier Digital Programme, which contains specially selected features to bring you closer to the production.
Described in the Telegraph as ‘gold-plated’, the cast includes Jonas Kaufmann in the title role as the idealistic poet Chénier, with Eva-Maria Westbroek as his aristocratic love Maddalena. Jealous servant-turned-official Carlo Gérard is played by Serbian baritone Željko Lučić. Antonio Pappano conducts.
Poet Andrea Chénier and former aristocrat Maddalena di Coigny fall in love, much to the envy of Carlo Gérard – a servant in Maddalena’s home. However, when Gérard becomes a Revolutionary official, his jealousy threatens not only their happiness, but their lives.
The opera is often referred to as a verismo opera. Read our article about the differences between verismo and operas depicting ‘real life’, and to what extent Andrea Chénier fits into this operatic sub-genre.
The plot is loosely based on the life of French poet André Chénier (1762–94). Find out more about other historical figures behind opera.
David McVicar’s new production is the first staging by The Royal Opera since 1984. Featuring historically-informed sets and costumes by Robert Jones and Jenny Tiramani, the production depicts both the opulence of pre-Revolutionary France and the violence and horrors of the Reign of Terror. Find out more in our Opera Essentials article.
The production opened on 20 January. Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review.
The production is a co-production with the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, and San Francisco Opera, and is given with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Simon and Virginia Robertson, Spindrift Al Swaidi, Mercedes T. Bass and Mrs Trevor Swete.