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Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier to be screened live in cinemas across the world on 29 January 2015

David McVicar’s new production stars Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

22 January 2015 at 3.30pm | 2 Comments

The new Royal Opera production of Umberto Giordano’s passionate French Revolution drama Andrea Chénier will be screened live in cinemas across the world at 7.15pm GMT on 29 January.

Ahead of the screening, download our Andrea Chénier Digital Programme, which contains specially selected features to bring you closer to the production.

The Cast

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 LučićAntonio Pappano conducts.

The Story

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.

The Production

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 Music

Andrea Chénier is Giordano’s most famous work and features a number of musical highlights, including the title character’s revealing Improvviso, and the cinematic Act III trial scene.

Reviews

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.

 

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

22 January 2015 at 3.30pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Andrea Chénier, cinema, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jonas Kaufmann, live, opera, Production, Radio 3, screening, showing, The Royal Opera

This article has 2 comments

  1. Moretto responded on 26 January 2015 at 3:08pm Reply

    I think the cast is pure gold and not "plated" and sir Antonio Pappano genial as usual, but I'll be there on the 29th and I'll see it for myself

  2. c.m.gerlag responded on 30 January 2015 at 9:19am Reply

    Just marvellous !!!!!!!!

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